The meaning of the character and the reason why it beat other top characters—"yuan (resentment), hui (gray), chai (demolish) and si (death)":
BEIJING - The Chinese character zhang, which is used to describe a rapid price rise, has been voted "Character of the Year" in an online poll in a move that suggests the public is becoming increasingly dissatisfied with inflation and soaring house prices.
But, honestly, how can any character in the world beat si? It must always win, always be at the top of our lists, the top of our minds.