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chinadaily.com.cn 2023-12-19 17:24


> Bilibili’s top bullet comment of 2023 is ‘Ah?’

A woman visits the exhibition area of bilibili, a leading video community for young generations in China, during Licensing Expo 2023 in Las Vegas, the United States, on June 13, 2023. [Photo/Xinhua]


Chinese video streaming platform Bilibili has unveiled its word of the year for 2023 is a single-character question of shock: Ah?
中国视频流媒体平台哔哩哔哩(B 站)2023年年度弹幕近日出炉,是一个表达震惊的单字疑问句:啊?


This single-character expression has emerged as the most frequently used interrogative clause on the platform, with over 13.2 million occurrences this year.


Its prevalence, particularly in Bilibili’s signature “bullet comments” feature, signifies a unique cultural phenomenon among the platform’s predominantly young audience.


Coupled with different punctuation marks, “ah” is often used in Chinese to express feelings of excitement, surprise or disbelief.


When posed as a question, it translates roughly as, “Huh?”


Topics of the hottest videos where the term appeared spanned a wide range of areas such as cutting-edge technology, video games and traditional Chinese culture.


Bullet comments originated in Japan but became popular in China after Bilibili adopted the style.


Other domestic video platforms eventually followed suit, including Baidu's iQiyi and Tencent Video.


Bilibili, which found early growth as an anime streaming site after its founding in 2009, has evolved into one of China's largest video platforms by targeting Millennials and Gen Z users.


Its popularity with younger users has made Bilibili a trendsetter in internet vernacular.


It started publicizing the most popular bullet comments of the year in 2017.


> 'Friends' star Matthew Perry's cause of death revealed in autopsy report

FILE PHOTO: Actor Matthew Perry waits to announce the nominations for the Golden Globe Awards during a news conference in Beverly Hills, California, Dec 14, 2006. [Photo/Agencies]


“Friends” actor Matthew Perry died as a result of “the acute effects of ketamine”, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office said on Friday.


Perry, who played Chandler Bing on the hit television sitcom from 1994 to 2004, died at the age of 54, having struggled for decades with addiction and related serious health issues.


“Contributing factors in Mr Perry’s death include drowning, coronary artery disease and the effects of buprenorphine [used to treat opioid use disorder],” the medical examiner said in a statement. “The manner of death is accident.”


Perry was found unconscious in a hot tub at his house in Los Angeles on Oct 28.


First responders were unable to revive him, and an initial postmortem proved inconclusive, pending a toxicology report.


Perry was open about his battle with alcohol and drugs, which he chronicled in his 2022 memoir, "Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing."


He wrote with candor and compassion and showed his dedication to continue fighting a near-fatal battle.


At the time of his death, "Alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, PCP, fentanyl were not detected," according to Perry's autopsy.


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