Sensitive Words: The Bo Xilai Expulsion
double expulsion (双开): A form of CCP discipline in which one is expelled from both the Party (开除党籍) and office (开除公职). Bo has suffered this fate.
support + Bo (支持+薄)
endorse + Bo (拥护+薄)
endure + Bo (挺+薄)
Eighteen (Big) + Bo (十八（大）+薄) [unblocked as of 9/29]: The 18th Party Congress is commonly referred to as the “18 Big.”
18big + Bo (18大+薄)
Zhang (Ziyi) + Bo (章（子怡）+薄) [unblocked as of 9/29]
Wang Lijun + Bo (王立军+薄) [unblocked as of 9/29]
Chongqing + Bo (重庆+薄) [unblocked as of 9/29]
Enter the Standing Committee (入常) (Before the scandal broke, Bo was widely expected to join the Politburo Standing Committee)
force the king to abdicate (逼宫)
Hu Deping (胡德平) (Incoming president Xi Jinping met with prominent reformer Hu Deping）
Blood Debt Gang (血债帮)
Brother Sly (刁哥): The character 刁, which can mean “sly,” resembles the character for Xi’s surname (习).
come out in a wheelchair (坐轮椅出来): When Xi went missing early in the month, a number of rumors circulated about his health. Netizens asked mockingly why he couldn’t sit in a wheelchair and show himself.
Beijing + chaos (北京+乱)
Prostitute Uncle (婊叔): A nickname for Watch Uncle. “Prostitute” (婊 biǎo) looks similar to and sounds the same as “watch” (表).
Kuqa (库车): A county in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Note: All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.
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