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

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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.”