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To the language – Episode 11, 26.05.2021

Living in the suburban villa you just bought in the countryside is really overrated, so quiet and lonely. If only they had bought the penthouse apartment in the city centre! For subliminal boasts like this, China’s net community has come up with a new catch-all term. “Versailles” or “playing Versailles” – Chinese 凡尔赛 fán’ěrsài – is the name given to such hidden boasts in a sighing costume, with which the speaker only pretends to call for sympathy, but actually trumpets his or her own privileged position.

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