然并卵 ránbìngluǎn

Since: 2015

Origin: China, Weibo

Meaning: to be useless!/to be a white elephant!

It is an abbreviation for the longer expression: 然而并没有什么卵用, which literally means “However, it’s not such a useful egg”.

卵 luǎn stays for “egg”, but it can also mean men’s genital, which comes from the ancient character 朖 lǎng, used in the past.

You can usually use this expression to ridicule a thing that isn’t as hard or high-end as you thought. It’s used to reply to a person’s statement which you learn to be a nonsense or a lie.

然而卵

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Need to know: It was used for the first time by the Weibo User Mr.Quin, but became popular in 2015 when 王尼玛 (Nima Wang) used it in the talkshow: 暴走大事件.

Related words: nozuonodie, 城会玩

In Use: “然而他说的并没有什么卵用!” ( What he told me isn’t useful at all!)

You can use the entire expression (as in the example above) or use the shorter expression between commas, as a parenthetical element (look at the example underneath), or at the beginning of an answear:

“优衣库试衣间不许男女同时进入?然并卵,我们还有七匹狼。” (In UNIQLO shops they don’t allow men and women to enter together in the same fitting room, isn’t it? What a worthless thing, we still can have sex!)

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