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被时代 (bèi shídài): Era of the passive tense
 
被时代 (bèi shídài): Era of the passive tense
  
The term, “era of the passive tense” signifies the present, a time when euphemistic labels are given to actions that belie the underlying compulsion behind those actions.
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[[File:Eraofpassivetense.jpg|300px|thumb|left]] A time when euphemistic labels are given to actions that belie the underlying compulsion behind those actions--that is, the present.
  
In Chinese, the grammatical construction bei-X means that one was compelled to do X. Netizens have coined a [[number of terms]] using this construction that have become widely used, giving rise to the term, "the era of ''bei''" or, "the era of the passive tense." Examples of these terms include'' bei''-suicide (suicided), ''bei''-happy (happified), and ''bei''-invited to tea (invited to tea by the internet police).
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In Chinese, the grammatical construction ''bei''-X means “to be Xed“ or ”to be forced to X.Netizens have coined a [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/space/Be_represented,_be_suicided,_be_increased,_be_GFWed,_be_XXed number of terms] using this construction, giving rise to the “era of the passive tense.
 
 
“被时代”里,有人被“××”,就一定有人在对别人施以“××”。一方的权利得不到主张,被肆意侵犯,必定会有一方在压制别人享有权利,在侵犯别人的权利。
 
 
 
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''A number of'' [[bei-represent, bei-suicide, bei-increased, bei-GFW, bei-XX|''bei constructions'']].
 
  
 
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]
 
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]

Revision as of 21:32, 19 November 2012

被时代 (bèi shídài): Era of the passive tense

Eraofpassivetense.jpg
A time when euphemistic labels are given to actions that belie the underlying compulsion behind those actions--that is, the present.

In Chinese, the grammatical construction bei-X means “to be Xed“ or ”to be forced to X.“ Netizens have coined a number of terms using this construction, giving rise to the “era of the passive tense.”