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Word of the Day - "數饅頭"

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Most men in my userinfoHusband's family and circle of friends in the generation above us have served their mandatory training/service in the Taiwan military. Everyone hates it with a passion, it's seen as a necessary thing that no one wants to do. It's a waste of time and a waste of youth. To avoid military service is one of the biggest motivators to get into University. Everyone, who has sons and has the ability to do so, will emmigrate so that their sons won't have to participate when they grow up.

For those stuck with it, though, looking forward to the end has become so ceremonious that it has its own name.

數饅頭 (shǔ mán tóu), literally "to count the steamed buns".

Every week, each person is allocated food and other supplies for the week. One of the things you get is plain steamed buns. In the last week or two before discharge, the boys have made it a ritual to count down the days by eating one a day until they leave.

As a joke, we have started using this phrase to mean "counting down the days" for any event that we're looking forward to ending, like graduation, meeting a deadline on a project, last days/weeks of work before going on holidays, etc.

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