Geili 给力

Chinese Internet buzzword which means “cool,” “awesome” or “exciting.” Literally, “giving power.”

The Shanghai Daily reported that a Chinese neologism, “geili,” which means, “cool,” “awesome” or “exciting,” had been granted the “official seal of approval” by appearing in The People’s Daily – the official paper of the Communist Party:

“Geili” is created from two Chinese characters “gei” and “li.” Literally, it means “giving power,” but is now widely accepted as an adjective describing something that’s “cool.”
“给力”是两个汉字“给”和“力” 组成的,字面含义是“给予力量”,但是它现在广泛用作形容词,形容什么东西很“酷”。

A test of a Chinese jargon word’s trendiness is if users translate it into a foreign language, according to its pronunciation. “Geili” has been transformed into the English-sounding “gelivable,” and “ungelivable,” and the French “très guélile.”
检测一个汉语流行语新潮程度的方法之一是看有没有使用者把它翻译成外语(请允许小编偶吐槽下,这是谁定的标准啊~),根据它的发音,“给力”已经被音译成英语的 “gelivable” 和 “ungelivable”,以及法语的“très guélile”。

But it was the word’s antonym “bugeili” – meaning dull or boring – that first grabbed wider public attention after it appeared online in May in an episode of a Chinese-dubbed Japanese comic animation.

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中式英语单词 Ungelivable 横空出世>>