Web generation lingo added to standard Chinese dictionary
Published on Aug 27, 2014 11:12 PM
BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The latest version of the standard Chinese dictionary includes new words frequently used by web users.
The third edition of the Dictionary of Contemporary Standard Chinese (DCSC) has added more than 100 new "hot" words, including tu cao (meaning complain, mock or comment, depending on the context), Wei Xin (WeChat, the messaging app), shi lian (lost contact) and more.
New meanings or usage of some older words have also been added. For example, the Chinese word tu hao originally means "landlord who exploits peasants taking advantage of fortune and power". It can now also mean "those who are rich but short of culture and correct values".
Nearly 400 new Chinese characters have been added which are mainly used for names, places and technology terms, among others.
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