Over the years, China Digital Times has collected, translated, and defined Chinese netizen language in our Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon. With 273 entries and counting, this wiki contains words, nicknames, and phrases netizens use to evade censorship and lampoon the political system. Epitomized by the grass-mud horse, a creature whose name becomes a vulgarity with a change of tone, these terms form a “resistance discourse” to propaganda and the status quo.
CDT now presents its first eBook, a collection of 71 must-know terms from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon. The Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon: Classic Netizen Language is now available in the Amazon Kindle store, the iTunes bookstore, and in PDF directly from CDT. Organized by category and indexed in both English and pinyin, the eBook offers China-watchers and students of Mandarin a key to the Internet neologisms which have endured long beyond the particular circumstances which inspired them.
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