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May 24, 2006


THE most frequently used word on the Internet in China is “顶,” pronounced “Ding,” which means to support other people’s Website posts, Beijing Morning Post reported today.
The Ministry of Education and the National Linguistics Work Committee published 20 words that netizens use the most on the Internet.

The appearance rate of “顶” is 23.02 percent, which means a netizen uses”顶” once among roughly every five words.
Experts said that half of these most popular words were used on published BBS posts, rather than in online chats.
The research said netizens prefer using symbols to words when chatting online. “The expression symbols on QQ and MSN help people to communicate better,” said He Tingting, a professor from the Central China Normal University.
Experts said that net lingo is rapidly evolving over the use of normal words. These unique net lingo creations embody a netizens’ intelligence and creativity.

Top 20 Net Words:
1. 顶 (support).

2. 555. It is used jokingly to represent the sound of sobbing and sadness.

3. ding (support).

4. mm/MM (young girls).

5. LZ. The person who publishes a post.

6. DD/dd (young boys)

7. 88 (bye-bye)

8. 偶 (I)

9. 马甲 (online alias). The Chinese term literally means waistcoat. But now, it’s also used to describe an alias name a Net surfer uses to hide their real name from chat-room discussions or blog post.

10. ID (identification).

11. 斑主 (BBS moderator).

12. 恩 (okay).

13. 汗或寒 (sweating or cold). It is used when something strange or unacceptable has been said; “汗” or “寒” show an attitude.

14. 晕 (faint). Originally, the Chinese word means faint or dizzy. But now people tend to utter the word whenever they hear or see something unordinary, confusing, funny or meaningless.

15. ps/PS (abbreviation of Photoshop).

16. 灌水 (flood-blogging). When guanshui is used on the Internet its context changes, it no longer means “irrigation” as per its normal use. Some Web bloggers upload tons of nonsense or useless information in order to earn more online credits, but are scorned by blog viewers for wasting their time and the server space.

17. ddd (support in a strong tone)

18. bs/BS (despise)

19. 楼猪 (the person who publishes a post)

20. 滴. The word is similar pronounced of auxiliary words “的” and “地”

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