Man of the Week: The Tire

Man of the Week: The Tire

The comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to mock and subvert the official language around censorship and political correctness.

轮胎 (lúntāi): Tire

The Tire. (Source: Phoenix News)

The Tire. (Source: Phoenix News)

Nickname for former president . The South Korean tire brand Kumho is called 锦湖 Jǐnhú in Chinese, a name which can be read in reverse as the first two syllables of ’s name. “Tire” came into common netizen parlance around March 2012, when Bo Xilai was replaced as Chongqing Party chief.

Sample Usage:

I heard that after Teletubby cut off Hot Pot*, parent company Master Kang was strangled by Tire and Teletubby. This was that firecracker bang you heard before dawn on the 20th [of March, 2012], the sound of Master Kang’s crushing defeat. While Teletubby’s film and TV careertook off over the past nine years, his heart is still in the right place. He is, after all, the man who 20 years ago stood outside Bacon Hall** behind Yangzhou Fried Rice. All thatsinging and hot pot eating depleted nine years of effort. Thank goodness Tire never took off his camouflage, so that he could ultimately take down Instant Noodles.

听说火锅被天线端掉之后,母公司康师傅正面死掐轮胎和天线,20日凌晨炮竹声也是此事,结果是康师傅惨败。天线这九年虽进军影视,但人心向善,毕竟20年前腊肉馆外他是站在扬州炒饭背后的男人,你们再唱歌吃火锅,人家九年心血全没了,所以幸亏轮胎紧握迷彩涂装不放,才狠摔方便面。 [Chinese]

* Bo Xilai was Party boss of Chongqing, a city renowned for its hot pot.

** Mao Zedong is also known as cured meat by netizens.


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