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伟光正 (wěi guāng zhèng): great, glorious and correct
 
伟光正 (wěi guāng zhèng): great, glorious and correct
  
The phrase, “great, glorious and correct” (伟大光荣正确) has been used to describe the Communist Party for over forty years. For example, the title of an English [http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/english/200106/19/eng20010619_72925.html article in the People’s Daily] reads (with characteristic lack of irony), “The Communist Party of China is historically proved great, glorious and correct.” Recently, however, netizens have turned this term on its head and used it to sarcastically refer to the Party and the Party’s stubborn insistence on always being “great, glorious and correct.
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[[File:weiguangzheng.jpg|400px|thumb|left|A Western cartoon from the 1960s picked up by a contemporary netizen is captioned in Chinese: “After the famine, the Party continues to be great, glorious and correct.”]] The Chinese Communist Party has described itself as “great, glorious and correct” (伟大光荣正确 wěidà guāngróng zhèngquè) for over 40 years. A [http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/english/200106/19/eng20010619_72925.html 2001 ''People’s Daily'' editorial] is titled (with characteristic lack of irony) “The Communist Party of China is historically proved great, glorious and correct.” Recently, however, netizens have turned this term on its head and used it to sarcastically refer to the Party and the Party’s stubborn insistence that it is always in the right.
  
 
Netizens use the phrase in a number of ways:
 
Netizens use the phrase in a number of ways:
  
1. As an adjective. For example, “When the country remains underdeveloped it is because the quality of the citizens is too low. When the country develops it is completely because they are ‘great, glorious and correct.'” ( 国家发展不起来,是因为国民素质太低,国情太复杂。国家发展起来,全是因为他们伟光正了。)
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1. As an adjective. Example: “When the country remains underdeveloped it is because the quality of the citizens is too low and domestic conditions are too complicated. When the country develops it is completely because they are great, glorious and correct” ( 国家发展不起来,是因为国民素质太低,国情太复杂。国家发展起来,全是因为他们伟光正了).
  
2. As a reference to the Party. “Great, glorious and correct cadres.” (伟光正的干部)
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2. As a reference to the Party. “Great, glorious and correct cadres” (伟光正的干部).
  
3. As a sarcastic personal name for the Party. (The term sounds like it could be a person’s name.) There is a fictional account ([http://www.360doc.com/content/09/0109/08/90415_2294479.shtml Chinese] | [http://www.danwei.org/humor/baidu_baike_fake_entries.php English] ) of comrade Wei Guangzheng (great, glorious, correct) who considers himself to always be right even though he clearly is not.
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3. As a personal name. ''Wei guang zheng'' sounds like someone’s name. A fake [http://www.danwei.org/humor/baidu_baike_fake_entries.php Baidu Dictionary entry on Comrade Wei Guangzheng] ([http://www.360doc.com/content/09/0109/08/90415_2294479.shtml Chinese]) describes a man who always thinks he is right, even though he clearly is not.  
 
 
[[File:weiguangzheng.jpg|400px|thumb|left|A 1960s Western cartoon picked up by a contemporary netizen is labeled in Chinese: "After the famine, the Party continues to be great, glorious and correct."]]
 
  
 
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]
 
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]

Revision as of 19:48, 21 August 2012

伟光正 (wěi guāng zhèng): great, glorious and correct

A Western cartoon from the 1960s picked up by a contemporary netizen is captioned in Chinese: “After the famine, the Party continues to be great, glorious and correct.”
The Chinese Communist Party has described itself as “great, glorious and correct” (伟大光荣正确 wěidà guāngróng zhèngquè) for over 40 years. A 2001 People’s Daily editorial is titled (with characteristic lack of irony) “The Communist Party of China is historically proved great, glorious and correct.” Recently, however, netizens have turned this term on its head and used it to sarcastically refer to the Party and the Party’s stubborn insistence that it is always in the right.

Netizens use the phrase in a number of ways:

1. As an adjective. Example: “When the country remains underdeveloped it is because the quality of the citizens is too low and domestic conditions are too complicated. When the country develops it is completely because they are great, glorious and correct” ( 国家发展不起来,是因为国民素质太低,国情太复杂。国家发展起来,全是因为他们伟光正了).

2. As a reference to the Party. “Great, glorious and correct cadres” (伟光正的干部).

3. As a personal name. Wei guang zheng sounds like someone’s name. A fake Baidu Dictionary entry on Comrade Wei Guangzheng (Chinese) describes a man who always thinks he is right, even though he clearly is not.