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深情献菊花 (shēnqíng xiàn júhuā): dedicate a chrysanthemum with deep feeling
Hu Jintao dedicating a white chrysanthemum to victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
The Xinhua headline, as syndicated by the China Youth Daily. (@wienqiang1/Sohu)
This phrase comes from a Xinhua headline widely syndicated in the Chinese press. When Hu Jintao visited a memorial to the victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake one year after the disaster, he dedicated a white chrysanthemum, the traditional flower of mourning. Xinhua ran a report on the event, over which the headline read “Hu Jintao, with deep feeling, bowed and dedicated a chrysanthemum” (胡锦涛深情俯身献菊花 Hú Jǐntāo shénqīng fǔshén xiàn júhuā). Unfortunately for Xinhua, the phrase “dedicate a chrysanthemum” has homosexual connotations in Chinese slang. Thus, without too far a stretch of the imagination, the headline could be interpreted, “Hu Jintao, with deep feeling, bent over and engaged in a homosexual act.” Netizens quickly circulated the headline, raising the ire of online censors. Xinhua hastily changed the headline, and
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2.放松操,让女兵笑容更灿烂(解放军报)

3.三大全国性交易市场布局渝中(重庆晨报)

4.干了112天终于湿了(南方都市报)

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