said in times of awkwardness; particularly in gaps of dialogue in a conversation. the 'tian factor' becomes more intense as the number of people involved in the conversation inncreases. However, this usually stops at around 5 people, as one person will usually laugh at the silence.
This word is good for saying to another friend (who knows what it means) during a 'tian', as the other people will most likely not know what it means.
tom: 'what is your background, anyway?'
Can refer to sky, field, cosmos, heaven, or forehead in Chinese. Is usually used in conjunction with Lei in a name. Lei means thunder in Chinese. Coincidentally, the bottom part of the word 雷(Léi) is 田, which is pronounced tián. The pronunciation 'tián' can also refer to 甜, meaning sweet.
Of course, all of this only applies to Chinese.
Kerwin: Great idea! Once you're done, you should totally research every other kid's name in the school and post it on Urban Dictionary dot Com!
Jo: Will do! Thanks Kerwin.