Pronounced: shÃ¨ng nÇš
Literally: “leftover women”
Means: “All single women over the age of 27,” according to China’s official dictionary. These women are typically thought of as either too intimidating for most men due to their high level of education and/or success, or too picky with too high standards, and unwilling to settle for less than their (unrealistic) ideal.
For more about this social phenomenon in China, see:
A quick Baidu image search for å‰©å¥³ turned up this image, which makes a wordplay and religious pun on åœ£å¥³ (saintly/holy woman, also “shÃ¨ng nÇš”) to satirize these women: