Catch Phrase | DNA动了(DNA dòngle)

Writer: Debra Li  |  Editor: Stephanie Yang  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2022-01-26


DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the chemical name for the molecule that carries genetic instructions in all living things. “动了” means “to become active.” This term coined by Chinese netizens refers to the scenario where something that previously made a deep first impression (as if the experience was attached to one’s DNA) reappears and therefore reactivates a memory. This can be roughly translated as “déjà vu” or “ring a bell.” Sometimes people also use it to mean “deeply touched by something familiar.”


A: 有一部冬奥会题材的动画电影你看了吗?

Yǒu yībù dōng’àohuì tícái de dònghuà diànyǐng nǐ kàn le ma?

Have you watched the animation film themed on the Winter Olympics?

B: 看了。看到里面很多经典国漫形象,我的DNA动了。

Kàn le。Kàndào lǐmiàn hěnduō jīngdiǎn guómàn xíngxiàng,wǒ de DNA dòngle。

Yes, I have. I was deeply touched by the many classical Chinese animated figures that appear in it.

A: 童年回忆啊!

Tóngnián huíyì a!

They live in our childhood memories.