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