Difference between revisions of "Passive era"
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被时代 (bèi shídài): era of passive the tense
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 bèi-X means “to be X-ed,” and implies that that the X-ed party has been forced or suffered to X. For example, someone invited to drink tea (i.e. called in by the police for interrogation) could say she “was tea-drinked” (被喝茶 bèi hé chá). Netizens have coined a number of terms using this construction, giving rise to the “era of the passive tense.”