A phrase used to express lack
when everything should be perfectly clear.
A way of saying "I should understand
this completely, but it makes no sense whatsoever."
Origin: In the 1980s
ski comedy "Hot Dog: The Movie," the antagonist proposes a Chinese downhill
to resolve all conflicts between himself (the hotshot skier) and the protagonist (not so talented skier/cool guy). After
they outline what's at stake -the girl, rule over the slopes, cash, etc. -the comic-relief Chinese
guy leans in and asks "Wha te fuck is a Chinese
downhir?" (A Chinese downhill
is a ski race with a shotgun
start -first one to the bottom wins.)
about a story that's been assigned, but the second journalist
missed the meeting:
J1 -"Good luck getting Pee Wee Herman
to discuss his movie theater
fetish. You better
get on it; deadline is Friday."
J2 -"Pee Wee Herman
? When did this happen? What
the fuck is a Chinese downhill?"