Top Chinese Buzzwords of October 2023

Welcome to our monthly roundup of the top buzzwords that have dominated the Chinese digital landscape in October, 2023. Understanding these buzzwords is not just a way to stay updated, but it’s also crucial for anyone looking to grasp the ever-changing dynamics of modern culture and digital interactions. In this post, we’ll dive deep into each buzzword, dissecting its meaning, origins, and impact. Our methodology involves scouring various platforms like Weibo, Douyin, and Bilibili to identify these buzzwords. The selection criteria are based on frequency of use, viral spread, and overall impact on online discussions.

Buzzword #1: [CPU(PUA)]

Definition: CPU, an internet buzzword with the same meaning as PUA, means brainwashed and mind-controlled.

Origin: You’ve been CPU’d, this stunt started when actress Xu Di was asked by a reporter in an interview, “What should I do when I’m told by my boyfriend that I don’t look good?” The first time I saw her was when a reporter asked her, “What should I do when my boyfriend says I don’t look good? Then Xu Di said, “Don’t listen to him, he’s CPUing you.” In fact, Xu Di just want to say that you were PUA, but accidentally said cpu.

Usage: First of all, CPU means Central Processing Unit, but in the buzzword, it means brain, and later it means brainwashing. Now everyone will say “you’ve been CPU”, in fact, you’ve been brainwashed, or you’ve been PUA meaning, this network term is CPU is a derivative of the pejorative word. In fact, this network term “CPU” refers to is PUA, this PUA means that the other side from the spirit to control you, and then you will carry out some words or behaviour on top of the blow, so that you begin to lose self-confidence, and then lost themselves, he said you will believe, also belongs to the feeling of being brainwashed.

Buzzword #2: [Reply in support of a claim]

Definition: The latest in a long line of abstract culture, the buzzword “reply in support of a claim” is actually a portmanteau of the phrase “a pile of shit”, and is now commonly used as a way of venting when you see something that is not of good quality, has been put together, and has little to offer in the way of nourishment.

Origin: In terms of usage, it’s not much different from the “real hot chickens” of previous years. And to really explore the origin of “rely on the defence”, it is also very difficult to estimate things, the current online said that it is from the ghost animal up master Wen Wu Feng, because of the abstract content of the video, by the comment area netizens called “defence”, from the harmonic sound of the poop.

Usage: It can use to mock those network works that do not have any meaning; mocking those works that can create a craze on the network but are actually of low quality and make people feel uncomfortable. These works are characterised by simple splicing of crude works that do not have enough nutrients and make people feel uncomfortable. This is why when we see some of the network cultural outputs that we feel are not meaningful and are indiscriminate, people will use this terrain to make fun of them.


Alright, that’s a wrap! We just surfed the CPU(PUA) and Reply in support of a claim caught some of the raddest buzzwords of the month. From the meme-tastic to the thought-provoking, these buzzwords are like the secret handshake of the Chinese internet—know ’em and you’re in the club. So, what’s the next big word, phrase, or emoji that’ll take over our feeds? Stay tuned, keep your ears to the keyboard, and let’s find out together in next month’s roundup. Catch you later!



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