Wikipedia's Mandarin Chinese Profanity

The traditional Chinese characters for the word huàidàn (壞蛋/坏蛋), a Mandarin Chinese profanity meaning, literally, "bad egg"


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It really seems like such an obvious place to visit on the internet but for some reason I hadn't done it yet.  I hadn't specifically searched for Mandarin slang terms & insults.  


But I have just spent about 20 minutes reading and enjoying Wikipedia's Mandarin Chinese Profanity.  


I was going to put some of my favorites in the blog but ultimately decided not to because of the strange Google ads that would start showing up as a result.  Therefore, I'm just providing the link.



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Comment by Jeff Gerdes on April 24, 2013 at 10:36am

This is great information, Brandon!  I have tried to learn various words from my Chinese fiance, but she is always too embarrassed to teach them to me.  Now I have a few useful comebacks to rude people, though I'll be prudent as to when, where and whom I use them on.

As far as profanity being outdated and/or old, profanity changes quickly with each new generation.  It's still good to know a few, even if they are outdated.

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Comment by Thomas Doherty on April 23, 2013 at 10:54am

Eveline Chao’s Niubi!: The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School is an entire book about Mandarin profanity and slang words.  Here is a link to a review in The Beijinger:     

Comment by Zanni Yeah on April 11, 2013 at 9:23am

a lot of these are very old/out dated

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