ç´ è´¨

Pronounced: sùzhì
Literally: quality
Means: This is the word I often hear used to describe what’s lacking in a person or in China’s general population, e.g. “Their ç´ è´¨ is too low” or “In your country people have higher ç´ è´¨”, often in reference to people’s ‘uncivilized’ behaviour like causing unnecessary traffic jams with their selfish driving habits. Makes me cringe a bit when I hear people use it; flatly ascribing more or less quality to people, as if they’re mere products on a store shelf, feels a little too close to ascribing value to be comfortable.

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