020 Terrible


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.

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zāo gāo
I am so dumb
Wǒ hǎo bèn
I am a fool
Wǒ shì bèn dàn

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