蓝瘦香菇 (lán shòu xiāng gū) became an internet phenomenon in China almost overnight. It is however not about mushroom. The "蓝瘦香菇" (meaning blue skinny mushroom literally) is pronounced very similar to "feel bad, want to cry" 难受，想哭 (nán shòu, xiǎng kū) in a local dialect from Nanning, a Guangxi city in southern China.
This all originate to a local young man who uploaded a video clip online to express his sad feelings on a bad date he had earlier that day. He repeatedly murmured how bad he feels at the moment and wants to cry. And he continued to ask why it.
But to the opposite, you just can't stop laughing after watching it because it does sound like he's kept saying " blue skinny mushroom".
The funny comparison in the clip inspires Chinese netizens' creativities into a memes wave.
It is even printed on the NZ's 50 dollar note.
Blue mushroom stamp issue one of a series of six NZ fungi 2002.
wanna cry = want to cry
I feel so sad, I want to cry. 我很伤心，我想哭。(wǒ hěn shāng xīn, wǒ xiǎng kū)
A: What made you so sad? You look so pale just now.
shén me shǐ nǐ zhè me nán shòu? nǐ kàn shàng qù liǎn sè cāng bái
B: I felt a lump in my throat (felt so bad) when Sarah said that she would not be thankful to me for what I have done, She drove me crazy.
dāng shā lā duì wǒ shuō tā bú huì duì wǒ suǒ zuò de yí qiè biǎo shì gǎn jī shí, wǒ xīn lǐ fēi cháng nán guò. tā kuài ràng wǒ fā fēng le
A: You don't have to take that too much to heart. She's a barking dog.
nǐ bié tài wǎng xīn lǐ qù, tā zhǐ shì suí biàn shuō shuo ér yǐ
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