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Ma de in China: “fuck” in China [[FILE:made.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Cropped photos of Taiwanese prune beverage company 阿妈的酸梅汤 (ā mā de suānmeítāng) storefronts have been a hit on Chinese web forums.' (Tiexue)']]
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Ma de in China: “fuck” in China [[FILE:made.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Cropped photos of Taiwanese prune beverage company 阿妈的酸梅汤 (Ā'''māde''' suānmeítāng) storefronts have been a hit on web forums. (Tiexue)'']]
  
妈的 (māde) is short for [WTD?!|他妈的 (tāmāde)]. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu_Xun Lu Xun], the father of modern Chinese literature, once [http://baike.baidu.com/view/3687761.htm honored the phrase as China’s “national swearword”] [zh]. Literally meaning “his mother's,” The term is a versatile expletive roughly equivalent to "damn" or "fuck” in English.
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妈的 (māde) is short for [[WTF?!|他妈的 (tāmāde)]]. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu_Xun Lu Xun], the father of modern Chinese literature, once [http://baike.baidu.com/view/3687761.htm honored the phrase as China’s “national swearword”] [zh]. Literally meaning “his mother’s,” The term is a versatile expletive roughly equivalent to “damn” or “fuck” in English. [http://www.sinosplice.com/life/archives/2011/06/14/on-reducing-tmd-syntactic-ambiguity Sinosplice] provides a detailed explanation of the term’s proper usage.
  
The pinyin used to transliterate the term closely resembles the first word on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Made_in_china country of origin label so globally ubiquitous] in the years that followed China's economic reform.
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The pinyin used to transliterate the abbreviation closely resembles the first word on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Made_in_china English-language country of origin label so globally ubiquitous] in the years that followed China’s economic reform.
  
Ma de in China has been used by netizens to express disgust at something the Chinese government has done. For example, someone may post a comment on their microblog that a certain website has been blocked, and someone will respond in the comment section, “Ma de in China!.” Or someone will say sarcastically that the [[SB Conference]] (World Expo) was “Ma de in China!”
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Netizens write “Ma de in China” to express disgust at something the Chinese government has done. For example, someone may post a comment on their microblog that a certain website has been blocked, and someone will respond in the comment section, “Ma de in China!” Or someone might sarcastically say that the [[SB Conference| World Expo]] was “Ma de in China!”
  
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Latest revision as of 19:11, 14 March 2016

Ma de in China: “fuck” in China

Cropped photos of Taiwanese prune beverage company 阿妈的酸梅汤 (Āmāde suānmeítāng) storefronts have been a hit on web forums. (Tiexue)

妈的 (māde) is short for 他妈的 (tāmāde). Lu Xun, the father of modern Chinese literature, once honored the phrase as China’s “national swearword” [zh]. Literally meaning “his mother’s,” The term is a versatile expletive roughly equivalent to “damn” or “fuck” in English. Sinosplice provides a detailed explanation of the term’s proper usage.

The pinyin used to transliterate the abbreviation closely resembles the first word on the English-language country of origin label so globally ubiquitous in the years that followed China’s economic reform.

Netizens write “Ma de in China” to express disgust at something the Chinese government has done. For example, someone may post a comment on their microblog that a certain website has been blocked, and someone will respond in the comment section, “Ma de in China!” Or someone might sarcastically say that the World Expo was “Ma de in China!”