“金鱼” means “goldfish,” and “系” means “type.” A widespread myth says the goldfish has a short memory that lasts only three seconds. Although scientists have proved it as untrue, people still tend to associate a bad memory and lack of attention span with goldfish. In this fast-spinning era where many people spend a lot of time on their smartphones and multitask, they forget things and are easily distracted from what they are supposed to be doing. Chinese netizens coined the term “goldfish-type” to refer to those who are forgetful and easily distracted. Some people also use it sarcastically to address those who fail to honor their promises or bring up something repeatedly.
Zhōumò qù nǎr wán le？
Where did you have fun during the weekend?
Nǎ r yě méi qù，jiābān。
I didn’t. I did some overtime.
Nǐ de shèjì fāng’àn búshì tōngguò le ma？
Hasn’t your design been approved already?
Méi bànfǎ，yùdào le jīnyúxì jiǎfāng，yòuyào gǎizhè gǎinà。
Unfortunately, the “goldfish-type” client went back on his words and wanted changes here and there.