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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#REDIRECT bei-represent, bei-suicide, bei-increased, bei-GFW, bei-XX 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]].