‘Tuhao’ word stirs de­bate on In­ter­net

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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.”

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