ShaoLan finds out the real reason why tech entrepreneur and chess master Josh Weinstein loves this phrase and why it is so frequently used in Mandarin Chinese.
糟 (zāo) = bad. 糕 (gāo)= cake.
You can shout “糟糕!” (zāo gāo) at just about any terrible thing. Stuck in traffic? “糟糕!” Drop your ice cream? “糟糕!” Forget your aunt’s birthday? “糟糕!” It’s a useful exclamation.