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马勒戈壁 (Mǎlè Gēbì): Mahler Gobi

A grass-mud horse encounters river crabs in the Mahler Gobi.

Home of the mythical creature grass-mud horse. Homophone of a Chinese curse word meaning “your mother’s fucking cunt” (妈了个逼 mā le ge bī).

This mythical land, along with the grass-mud horse and the river crab, were popularized and politicized in 2009, when netizens made a popular music video named “The Song of the Grass-mud Horse” (草泥马之歌 cǎonímǎ zhīgē). The video used Mahler Gobi as a euphemism the state-controlled Internet. The word was then popularized to mock censorship and express discontent in general.

Examples:

Kongzhiyong (@孔智勇): Some people reprimand the education, but the Minister of Education Yuan Guiren just confirmed that "China has generally ensured no child would drop out of school due to poverty."...... Mahler Gobi!!! [weak]
有人指责教育,但教育部部长袁贵仁证实:“中国基本做到了没有一个学生因贫困失学”。…… 马勒戈壁!!![弱] [Chinese]
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