Catch Phrase | 地域拖油瓶(dìyùtuōyóupíng)

Writer: Debra Li  | Editor: Stephanie Yang  | From:  | Updated: 2019-05-17


“地域” means “regional.” “拖油瓶,” which literally means “a dragged oil bottle,” is a derogatory term referring to “underage children from a previous marriage,” since these children were often thought of as unwanted by their step parents in the past. Chinese netizens coined the new term last year to refer to those who don’t fit the stereotype of where they come from. For example, this term can refer to a Sichuan native who cannot eat spicy food or a Xinjiang native who cannot sing and dance.


A: 你有几个孩子?

Nǐ yǒu jǐgè háizi?

How many children do you have?

B: 就一个女儿。

Jiù yīgè nǚér。

One daughter.

A: 真的吗?你不是潮汕人吗?

Zhēnde ma?Nǐ búshì cháoshànrén ma?

Really? Aren’t you from the Chaozhou and Shantou area?

B: 惭愧,我是地域拖油瓶。

Cánkuì,wǒ shì dìyùtuōyóupíng。

Unfortunately, I don’t fit your stereotype of a Chaozhou or Shantou native.