Catch Phrase | ssfd

Writer: Debra Li  |  Editor: Stephanie Yang  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2021-07-16


The pinyin acronym of the Chinese term “瑟瑟发抖” (sèsè fādǒu, meaning “shivering”), this secret code kind of usage was invented by and made popular among the generation Z in China. It’s often used by the speaker to express their feelings of misery, fear and frustration, especially when someone is a rookie in a certain field. By showing their weakness, the speaker also tries to arouse sympathy in the listener.


A: 昨天开会大家都积极提意见,你怎么没说话?

Zuótiān kāihuì dàjiā dōu jījí tí yìjiàn,nǐ zěnme méi shuōhuà?

Everyone else was active giving their opinions at the meeting yesterday. Why didn’t you speak out?

B: 你们都提出了深刻独特的见解,我太肤浅,ssfd。

Nǐmen dōu tíchū le shēnkè dútè de jiànjiě,wǒ tài fūqiǎn,ssfd。

You all gave profound and unique suggestions. I found my thoughts shallow, and felt too intimidated to talk.