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Prawn Guys

虾男 – xiānán – “prawn guys”

You know prawn crackers. But have you ever heard of prawn guys, the newest word creation floating in Chinese net slang? No? No problem. Conveniently, even laymen can easily identify shrimp guys at the first glance. A little rule of thumb: body top, face flop? Bingo! Then you have a shrimp guy on the hook. Because China’s Internet community has recently begun calling men with a well-toned body and average face 虾男 xiānán – literally shrimp man or shrimp guy. To be fair, there is of course also the female counterpart – the prawn girl (虾女 xiānǚ).

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