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'''贵国 (guì guó): expensive country'''
  
[[File:expensive country.png|250px|thumb|left|''“Expensive country.”'']] Sarcastically refers to China. This term was popularized because of discontent over high prices; ''gui guo'' is a country in which basic needs like housing, fuel, power, and healthcare, are all too costly.
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[[File:expensive country.png|300px|thumb|right|''“Expensive country.” (source unknown)'']] Sarcastic reference to China. Popularized because of discontent over high prices; ''gui guo'' is a country where basic needs like housing, fuel, power, and health care are all too costly.
  
''Gui'' is also the honorific of “your”; ''gui guo,'' literally “your honorable country,” is used in diplomatic speech. Using ''gui guo'' in reference to China separates the speaker from his country, in opposition to 我国 wǒ guó, “our country.” [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/01/in-chinas-cyberspace-dissent-speaks-code Xiao Qiang and Perry Link explain] that in this turn of phrase, netizens imply that “the state that belongs to you rulers, not to me.”   
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''Gui'' is also the honorific form of “your”; ''gui guo,'' literally “your honorable country,” is often used in diplomatic speech. Using ''gui guo'' in reference to China separates the speaker from his country, in opposition to 我国 wǒ guó, “our country.” [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/01/in-chinas-cyberspace-dissent-speaks-code Xiao Qiang and Perry Link explain] that in this turn of phrase, netizens imply that “the state...belongs to you rulers, not to me.”   
  
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]
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'''Example:'''
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<blockquote> @Athena_T: Google Maps is infinitely better than all the alternatives. Yet, for a variety of reasons, it can't be used inside this '''expensive country'''. (October 22, 2014)</blockquote>
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<blockquote>Google map就是好用几万倍 '''贵国'''就是各种奇葩不能用 真是 [[https://freeweibo.com/weibo/3768525669914231 '''Chinese''']]</blockquote>
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See also [[kneeling country]] and [[Celestial Empire]].
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[[Category:Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]][[Category:Resistance Discourse]]

Latest revision as of 21:10, 14 March 2016

贵国 (guì guó): expensive country

“Expensive country.” (source unknown)

Sarcastic reference to China. Popularized because of discontent over high prices; gui guo is a country where basic needs like housing, fuel, power, and health care are all too costly.

Gui is also the honorific form of “your”; gui guo, literally “your honorable country,” is often used in diplomatic speech. Using gui guo in reference to China separates the speaker from his country, in opposition to 我国 wǒ guó, “our country.” Xiao Qiang and Perry Link explain that in this turn of phrase, netizens imply that “the state...belongs to you rulers, not to me.”

Example:

@Athena_T: Google Maps is infinitely better than all the alternatives. Yet, for a variety of reasons, it can't be used inside this expensive country. (October 22, 2014)

Google map就是好用几万倍 贵国就是各种奇葩不能用 真是 [Chinese]

See also kneeling country and Celestial Empire.