Bu Shi !


As I’ve learned Chinese, one of the funniest things I’ve seen is one of the most common terms used: bu shi.  The first word is a negative, like the English “not,” and the second is a basic “to be” verb, also used to express agreement or assent.  So, the phrase “bu shi” basically means, in usage, “that is not accurate.”  If somone asks you if you are a doctor, and you are not, your answer could include the phrase “bu shi.” 

The funny thing here is the pronunciation, if you haven’t figured it out yet.  The sound would be close to saying “boo shih,” which, out loud, sounds an awful lot like a popular yet vulgar expression in English that is also used to mean “that is not accurate.”


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