Word of the Week: Govern-rot

正腐 (zhèngfǔ) govern-rot

Homophonous with “government” (政府), but the characters can mean “totally rotten” or “completely corrupt.” Blocked from Weibo search results as of September 10, 2014.

Sample Usage: Deleted Weibo post captured byFreeWeibo:

麦穗佛: May I ask, those huge sums of money that govern-rot officials collect for administrative expenses, where do they get used?! (September 4, 2014)

请问正腐官员收取的巨额犬只管理费都用在了什么地方?! [Source]

171342_5434The  comes from China Digital Space’s Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and frequently encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to mock and subvert the official language around censorship and political correctness.