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被时代(bèi shí dài): 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.

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).



A number of bei constructions.