囧😳

Since: 2008

Origin: Chinese web

Meaning: Sad, depressed, embarrassed 😩

Jiǒng 囧 is used as the emoticon 😳 and means embarrassed, sad, depressed. Its original meaning was “光明“ bright, open-hearted. It completely changed its meaning since people started to use it on the internet, on blogs and on Chinese SNS as an emoticon, becoming an ideogram. We can say it has become one of the most popular Chinese character of our century.

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Need to know: it has been defined as the most popular character of the 21st century

Related words: 㚻, 兲, 巭, 烎, 靐, 氼, 嫑

In use: “不小心做了一个囧事儿” ( I didn’t pay attention and did an embarrassing thing)

Interesting things: We can trace the origin of this character back to the first Chinese bone carvings writing system

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You can find many tongue-twisters using this word on Baidu.com; we suggest you this one:

囧中自有囧中囧,囧囧中有囧终中,
囧适囧囧囧囧囧,囧囧囧又囧囧囧,
囧是商囧又或冏,囧中亦有囧中终,
囧亦囧囧,不囧非不囧,窘又不是囧,
囧囧有囧,冏又看似囧,那么多个囧,
冏如加横又是囧,囧也看似冏,
囧,囧囧,囧中囧,囧中囧又囧,
囧中自有囧中囧,囧囧中有囧中囧又囧,
囧囧囧非囧囧中有囧是囧囧又囧囧囧中有囧又看似囧,
囧囧中有囧囧囧,囧囧非囧中自有囧中囧,
囧又囧,冏也不是囧,冏中冏又非囧中囧,
囧中囧有囧也有冏,囧囧囧中没有冏冏自有冏中冏,
囧中囧非冏中冏,也并非窘中窘,
心中有囧则懂囧,念完才会囧。
囧亦囧,囧中囧,囧同窘,炯炯似囧囧,看似像冏冏。

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