youcoyouco Post time 2013-1-10 09:13:02

Chinese catchword - 屌丝?

This post was edited by LoneAcorn at 2013-1-10 19:05

The year of 2012 has just passed, and when we have a review, one of those that impressed us most might be the catchword -屌丝 (diǎo sī) .

This catchword is originated from a Chinese BBS for Chinese soccer player Li yi, and his fans are called “yisi” complained about their jobs and lives frequently, gradually they are given the name – "屌丝" . Soon after, this word prevails over both internet and real life.

“diaosi” refers to the single, young men who have plain looks without enough earnings, who have slim hopes for working promotion, for they don’t have good family background. Nowadays in China, more and more young people tend to self-mock with the label of “diaosi”.

youcoyouco Post time 2013-1-16 14:49:14


xilaren Post time 2013-1-16 16:09:04

thanks for the informatiion

airui27 Post time 2013-1-22 12:00:38

Myabe this is a self-mock,but if you know how they live in china ,then you'll see that's just have no choice

reindeerm Post time 2013-1-22 14:54:27

A really hot word. Do foreigners understand it?
It has appeared on weibo, on television, on newspaper, on the Internet....
A word that is mixed with bitterness and helplessness.

youcoyouco Post time 2013-2-3 13:18:56

reindeerm Post time: 2013-1-22 14:54 static/image/common/back.gif
A really hot word. Do foreigners understand it?
It has appeared on weibo, on television, on newspape ...

Yes, that's true!

GryffindorBoy Post time 2013-2-4 08:57:10

Just something complementary...

Diaosi's Counter-attack


Where it began

The word originated in the’s Tiebar (a top Chinese bulletin board system) of soccer player Li Yi. There, fans of Li, who are called yisi in Chinese, not only talk about soccer but moan about their lives, work and relationships.Yisi, who are known for their rude and dirty language, were given the name diaosi by others who have seen their posts.


What is a ‘diaosi’ like

The word diaosi was coined first by single, young men who feel they have dead-end lives. Generally, men in this category don’t earn enough, are not good looking, and have difficulty winning promotion. Unlike their upper-class contemporaries, they lack influential families, useful social networks for their careers, and most importantly, suitable women to marry.


“I’m just a diaosi, poor and plain-looking, who will marry me?” It’s a common sentiment uttered by one of them, which is half self-mockery, half reality. Many young men call themselves diaosi because they feel they are among the lowest echelons of society. They suffer low self-esteem and have stopped trying to improve their lives.

‘Diaosi’ culture reflects social changes

According to Zhu Chongke, a professor in the School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, the popularity of the word diaosi stems from the fact that it was created by common people and thus resonates with a huge population.
“Labeling yourself a diaosi offers an outlet for people to mock themselves and relieve pressure, hence it spread quickly,” Zhu told Xinhua News Agency.
“The attitude is basically: ‘I already have little to lose, so why don’t I mock myself for fun?’.”
The diaosi phenomenon reflects not just a youth culture problem, but larger social issues.


“Society hasn’t offered an effective channel for young people who don’t have an influential family background to receive promotion at work,” Zhu said.
Ke Qianting is an associate professor in gender studies at Tsinghua University. "The pressure of marriage intensifies anxiety among this group,” Ke told“Many of those young men claim to be diaosi, since they can’t find a proper woman to marry. It reflects a deep sense of loss.”

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