‘Tuhao’ word stirs debate on Internet
The Chinese term “tuhao” has been included in the latest version of the standard Chinese dictionary, which explains it as “people who are rich but lack in education or taste”, stirring debate online.
Tuhao is used online to refer to people with great wealth who spend money freely, in a way that does not go along with the wealth. It is among more than 100 new “hot’’ words the third edition of the Dictionary of Contemporary Standard Chinese has added.
About 12 hours after the explanation of the term appeared on Sina Weibo, it had been read 7.45 million times by mid-day and had generated more than 21,000 comments.
One post defended the group the expression refers to, saying, “It doesn’t matter if a tuhao is educated or not, as they don’t make a living out of it. Tuhao have wisdom and living skills. It’s enough.”