New technology has kids in China generating their own modern lingo, I.D. Magazine reports. The millennia-old Mandarin language lacks terms for things like cell phones (which go as shou ji, or "hand machine") and USB (which goes as yo pan, a word created partly phonetically), forcing users to resort to slang. The new words are spread through television and other pop culture.
Some novel expressions even get their own written characters. One artist created new characters for “pollution” (a combination of existing roots for “air” and “poison”) and “computer” (a square in the middle to represent the monitor, a long cross stroke under the square for the keyboard, and a dot on the right for the mouse).