A new Chinese character, invented by netizens, has become massively popular on social media this week - especially among self-mocking millennials. According to Shanghaiist, the character 'qiou' is a combination of three characters - 'qiong', meaning poor, 'chou', meaning ugly, and 'tu', meaning earth. Taken together, the character essentially means "poor as dirt and ugly."
According to What's On Weibo, the character qiou has become an instant hit with young people on Weibo, China's hugely popular social media website. Many on the platform have stated that in this day and age of "staggering house prices and unrealistic beauty ideals", qiou describes their current situation beautifully.
Qiou was, in fact, even dubbed unofficially as the word of the year 2018. Shanghaiist reports that the hashtag quiou was used in about a million posts on Weibo.
On Twitter too, many seem to love this mish-mash of ugly and poor
Mine is close but translates better as ugly ugly poor poor pic.twitter.com/UBgiFpz5Ea— Mark Townend (@BitOfAGay) December 3, 2018
THE 2018's Chinese word.— nimourne (@nimourne) December 2, 2018
useand（means poor and ugly）
Suddenly wnt to said:"yes,it is me…" pic.twitter.com/UGIsu7VfzH
my next tattoo, obv https://t.co/m3qFvflmv5— Michael Gibbs Hill (@hillmg1) December 4, 2018
While there is no indication that qiou will be officially included in the Chinese dictionary, that hasn't quelled its popularity in any way.
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