Word of the Week: “Party” Central Committee

Editor’s Note: The  comes from China Digital Space’s Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese 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 and political correctness.

holding a stuffed animal over his crotch. Combining the obscenity “” and ’s action (blocking the center of his crotch), this image conveys the meaning, “Fuck you, Party Central Committee!”

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档/裆/挡中央 (Dàng/Dāng/Dàng Zhōngyāng): Central Committee of the Communist Party

Instead of the character for “Party,” 党 (dǎng), other characters that sound similar are used. These characters, 档, 裆, and 挡, mean “file,” “crotch,” and “to block,” respectively. The real character is not used because netizens feel it is a loaded term, and perhaps also for fear of it attracting online censors.