My daughter Greta has studied Chinese since high school. She had the opportunity to live in China for a summer and in Taiwan for an academic year. She is majoring in Chinese in college.
Every once in awhile, she shares a new vocabulary word with me. She came across this gem during a language seminar this winter.
It’s pronounced Foo-Bee. And it means “to slap one’s own buttocks in excitement or despair”. Reasonably, she asked her professor why this is a word. A good question with no apparent answer.
But it might be the perfect word for the current crisis. It can be used in a moment of despair. Or in a moment of excitement.