What does "酸" mean? A chinese friend called me this, but also said it has a positive meaning... is it right? The english translation says "acid".. but this meaning is not nice..
Apr 14, 2011 10:50 AM
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Sometimes, if someone is sentimental or romantic, s/he will be called "酸'. It could be a kind of praise, or a kind of sarcasm. It depends. You said your friend call you this, therefore, it should be a praise.
April 14, 2011
maybe you were jealous or envious of someone,so he called you 酸 ..
April 14, 2011
It basically means the taste of vinegar(醋 or 酸醋) or unripe fruits like apples and oranges. And it means "to be jealous" if we say someone is 酸. Specially, if someone is jealous of a rival in love, we say he/she 吃醋("eats vinegar" literally, though we usually drinks it). Besides, we can name the one who often "eats vinegar" a 醋坛子(vinegar pot). When someone is sad, miserable or sorrowful, we can also use 酸. For example, 心酸, 心 is heart. 心酸 means "to feel sad". And it can mean "acid" in chemistry. Sometimes it refers to "gastric juice". It means "pedantic" sometimes. For example, 穷酸秀才(poor and pedantic xiucai). This is a despising address to the scholars. 秀才(xiucai) is one who passed the imperial examination at the county level in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Now it usually means scholars.
April 17, 2011
In chinese ,there is a popular saying, the feeling of first love is "酸酸甜甜的"(“甜"means sweet).may be first love is sweet but always make people feel hurt.
April 15, 2011
酸: a mean is acid; 醋有点酸。 in oral expression, 酸 is also used to describe a person a little pedantic. 那个人象诗人一样多愁善感(sentimental) ,有点酸。
April 14, 2011
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