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You may have seen the weird Chinglish expression ‘You can you up’ around on car tailgates or on WeChat stickers that your friends send around. It comes from the Chinese phrase: 你行你上！(Nǐ xíng nǐ shàng!). which really just means, “If you can do it, then you go and do it.” It’s a common retort against people who sit around and do nothing but criticize the work of others.
This popular phrase is often followed by another one: 不行别哔哔 (Bùxíng bié bībī), which is has its own Chinglish form too: ‘No can no BB’; which means, “If you can’t do it, then don’t criticize others. “BB” means to nag or complain in some northern dialects. Normally, using the first phrase is just enough. The second phrase is not uttered in polite company because bī is a homophone for a certain part of the female anatomy.
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