Friendly reminder: Some Pinyins below are not the official pronunciation of the characters. They are deliberately marked ‘wrongly’ to illustrate the Tianjin accent.
Gen’er is Tianjin is like asking ‘how’s the weather’ in London – it’s one of the language’s most ubiquitous phrases. It translates to ‘funny’ and can either be used to describe a person or something funny that a person says. It’s difficult to find a Tianjin local who does not love cross talk – in fact, being funny is so essential in Tianjin culture that Tianjin’s nick name is 哏儿都 (Gen’er Du), or Funny Town.