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Use “顶” to express support, encouragement or help

Being supportive with Chinese character 顶.jpg

Whether stuck in some kind of trouble or on the road towards success, it's always nice to be able to have a bit of help or encouragement that will get you through and keep you going.

In Chinese, besides "help" (帮-bāng) or "encourage" (鼓励-gǔ lì), here's a new slang word: 顶 (dǐng)

顶 (dǐng): to support something, be encouraging, helpful 

It all started with support for website or headline, and from this, 顶 appeared on the headlines of internet articles and posts all over.

Literally, this word as a noun means "top" and as a verb means "to carry someone on one's head or to withstand". Most would imagine a vivid image of two hands pushing something up or holding it up.

It's like giving that little bit of oomph. It makes sense that this would be used in headlines or top posts since it cannot "sink" to the bottom since it's on top.

Let's take a look at some examples.

1. Example A:

时间把握得好,内容也好,我顶一个。

shí jiān bǎ wò de hǎo, nèi róng yě hǎo, wǒ dǐng yī gè.

Great time management, the contents are also great, I support this!

2. Example B:

如果你是一个真正的中国球迷,请顶起

rú guǒ nǐ shì yī gè zhēn zhèng de zhōng guó qiú mí, qǐng dǐng qǐ

If you're really a fan of Chinese football, please support us/this!

3. Example C:  

不管你火还是不火,甚至落难的时候,我都会顶你

bù guǎn nǐ huǒ hái shì bù huǒ, shèn zhì luò nàn de shí hou, wǒ dōu huì dǐng nǐ

It doesn't matter if you're popular or not, or even if you're distressed, I'll always be here for you.

2016-06-22

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