Be Careful When You Say “I like To Eat Tofu”

Be Careful When You Say "I like To Eat Tofu"

Do you know that in Chinese culture, the term "to eat tofu" has two different meanings?


豆腐真的很好吃。它又白又嫩。豆腐也含有多种营养物质,像蛋白质,钙,等。又好吃又健康,如果你吃过豆腐了,我相信你也会像我一样喜欢吃豆腐。


但是,你不可以随便乱说你喜欢「吃豆腐」。


除了「吃真正的豆腐」以外,「吃豆腐」也还有另外的意思。它的另外意思就是「调戏」或「占人便宜」。这个委婉词通常用于描述对女生的性骚扰。


为什么我们会用豆腐来形容女人呢?最简单的解释是因为豆腐又白又嫩。皮肤又白又嫩的女人通常被认为是美的,因此用「豆腐」来形容「女人」是合适的。


不过,这「吃豆腐」的意思也不是很严肃的。如果有人也会跟对象说:「我喜欢吃你豆腐」,他的意思并不是要性骚扰他的对象,但是...(我们不需要解释之后会发生什么事了)。


如果有人跟你说「我要吃你豆腐」,你会怎么反应呢?



豆腐真的很好吃。它又白又嫩。豆腐也含有多種營養物質,像蛋白質,鈣,等。又好吃又健康,如果你吃過豆腐了,我相信你也會像我一樣喜歡吃豆腐。


但是,你不可以隨便亂說你喜歡「吃豆腐」。


除了「吃真正的豆腐」以外,「吃豆腐」也還有另外的意思。它的另外意思就是「調戲」或「佔人便宜」。這個委婉詞通常用於描述對女生的性騷擾。


爲什麼我們會用豆腐來形容女人呢?最簡單的解釋是因爲豆腐又白又嫩。皮膚又白又嫩的女人通常被認爲是美的,因此用「豆腐」來形容「女人」是合適的。


不過,這「吃豆腐」的意思也不是很嚴肅的。如果有人也會跟對象說:「我喜歡吃你豆腐」,他的意思並不是要性騷擾他的對象,但是...(我們不需要解釋之後會發生什麼事了)。


如果有人跟你說「我要吃你豆腐」,你會怎麼反應呢?



English translation:

Tofu is really delicious. It’s both white and soft. Tofu also contains many types of nutrients, like protein, calcium, and so on. It’s delicious as well as healthy, if you have eaten tofu, I am sure that you like to eat tofu, just like me.

But you cannot randomly say that you “like to eat tofu”.

In addition to “eat real tofu”, the expression “to eat tofu” has another meaning. The other meaning is “to grope” or “to take advantage of someone”. This elegant euphemism is often used to describe sexual harassment towards women.

Why do we use tofu to describe women, then? The most simple explanation is because tofu is both white and soft. Many people consider women that are both white and soft beautiful, so using “tofu” to describe “women” is suitable.

However, this meaning of “eating tofu” is not very serious. If someone says to their partner: “I want to eat tofu”, the meaning is definitely not to sexually harass their partner, but ... (we don’t need to explain what might happen later).

If someone tells you “I want to eat your tofu”, how would you react?


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