As I’ve been teaching myself some Mandarin lately, I figure it’s about time I find something funny there. 🙂
After a brief search around, I found the word 山寨 (shānzhài). Literally, it is a compound word that means mountain (山) village/stronghold (寨). However, its actual de facto meaning is more like “knockoff” products.
Though sounding rather accusatory, the term knockoff here is actually quite apt. And although knockoff products can appear anywhere in the world, China somehow has managed to really make a name for itself in this arena, as there are whole industries devoted to making imitation products, such as:
Want to read more about other uncommon words? 🙂 See the Interesting Words page.