三八

Pronounced: sān bā
Literally: 3, 8 (three, eight)
Means: 三八 is shorthand (from the date, March 8th) for International Women’s Day, which as far as I know is only celebrated in China. However, saying that someone is “really 三八” is a sexist put-down, as it means they are gossipy, quarrelsome, etc. – qualities that here are considered to be particularly female vices.

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