美丽“冻”人

Pronounced: měilì dòngrén
Literally: beautiful “frozen” person
Means: a beautiful Chinese woman who wears too few clothes in the winter because she doesn’t want to look fat. Northern Chinese usually wear two or three pairs of pants in the winter, with the extra pants underneath being really thick cotton. These super-thick long-johns make everyone look padded, but that’s how people stay warm.

美丽冻人 is a play off of the more standard term 美丽动人 (pronounced the same),which describes a woman whose beauty is stunning or “moving” to behold. “Moving” and “frozen” are both pronounced “dòng.”

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