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打酱油 (dǎ jiàngyóu): get soy sauce

“What the fuck does it have to do with me? I was just out buying soy sauce.”
“Soy sauce leads the people.”
“No comment” or “none of my business.” Humorous way for netizens to distance themselves from a sensitive or political topic.

The word came into popular usage after Guangzhou Television interviewed a local resident about the Edison Chen photo scandal. The man answered, “What the fuck does it have to do with me? I was just out buying soy sauce.”

The phrase can also be used in an ordinary context, such as to express one's lack of interest in the World Cup:

璐璐318: The World Cup has started. Many people are immensely excited. I am just here to get soy sauce.
世界杯开始啦啦,好多人激动不已,我是来打酱油的。

打 dǎ means “to hit.” Before soy sauce was sold in individual bottles, customers would bring an empty vessel to the store, which they would fill under with soy sauce under a spigot.

See also soy sauce committee members.

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21 November 2012, by Anne Henochowicz

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8 November 2008, by cschultz

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