HAV­ING A WORD WITH 2016

The World of Chinese - - Mishmash - - LIU JUE (刘珏)

A list of top terms of 2016 was put to­gether by the Na­tional Lan­guage Re­sources Mon­i­tor­ing and Re­search Cen­ter, The Com­mer­cial Press, and Peo­ple.cn in their an­nual Chi­nese Char­ac­ters and Words (汉语盘点) event, which tal­lies the words and phrases most rep­re­sen­ta­tive of 2016. The char­ac­ter of the year is 规 ( gu~), “reg­u­la­tion, rules,” a ref­er­ence to the anti-cor­rup­tion move­ment. The phrase of the year is 小目标 ( xi2om&bi`o), “a small goal”; no doubt a fa­vorite for ne­ti­zens, this phrase trended be­cause China’s rich­est man, Wang Jian­lin, sug­gested that young peo­ple just start­ing out should start with a “small goal” of earn­ing their first 10 mil­lion RMB. In­ter­na­tion­ally, the char­ac­ter was 变 ( bi3n, change) and the phrase was 一带一路( y! d3i y! l&), “One Belt, One Road.”

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