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Martian language” (: 吙☆魰) is the nickname of unconventional representation of Chinese characters online. “Martian” describes that which seems strange to local culture.For example, when commenting on the possible blocking of Hotmail, one is quoted as "I can only conclude that the person in charge of this is considering it from a Martian point of view." The term was popularised by a line from the 2001 Hong Kong comedy Shaolin Soccer, in which Sing (Stephen Chow) tells Mui (Zhao Wei): "Go back to Mars, the Earth is so dangerous."

In the 2006 Taiwanese national College Entrance Examination, students were asked to interpret symbols and phrases written in "Martian language" (orz),

In 2007, Martian language began to catch on in mainland China. The first adopters of Martian language mainly consisted of after-ninety (those born in the 1990s) netizens. They use it in their nicknames, short messages, and chat rooms in order to demonstrate personality differences. Later, they found that their teachers and parents could hardly figure out their new language, which quickly became their secret code to communicate with each other.

The Martian language became so popular in cyberspace that even some pieces of software were created to translate between Chinese and Martian...
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