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Drink Win

吹水 (chui sui), v. Cantonese slang. To chat, bullshit. 

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 May, 2016, 10:24am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:08pm

“Cheers!”

In Chinese sing is a homophone for “saint,” which was a euphemism for “alcohol” during prohibition in ancient China.

The Putonghua phrase gan bei (乾杯), “drink your cup dry,” is avoided because “dry” has connotations of poverty.