Read of the Week: The Screwing People Post

日人民报 (Rì Rénmín Bào): Screwing People Post
Parody of the People’s Daily (人民日报 Rénmín Rìbào) created by moving 日 (rì), a character that literally means “day” or “sun,” but colloquially means “to fuck.”

The People’s Daily is a state-run newspaper overseen by the Central Committee of the CCP. Although the paper has a worldwide circulation of 2.5 to 3 million, netizens mock its low readership, also calling it “The Paper the People Don’t Read” (人民不看的日报 Rénmín Bú Kàn de Rìbào). Besides itsuncritical adherence to Party opinion and the occasional but spectacular gaff, readers have accused the paper of making misleading and harmful claims. Netizens joke that the only reliable information in the newspaper are the date and page number (只有日期和页数是正确的).

See also People’s Daily Explosion.

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The  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  and political correctness.