From China Digital Space
The Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon is a glossary of memes, nicknames, and neologisms created by Chinese netizens and encountered in online political discussions. This project is part of our effort to contribute to a deeper understanding of the Internet's cultural, social, and political impact by systematically documenting and interpreting political discourse created by Chinese netizens. We hope to map the dynamics of censorship, domination, and resistance in Chinese communication and information networks.
Browse the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon and learn more about the project below.
Word of the Week
Featured entry, posted every Thursday to China Digital Times. Browse the entire series, or check out the latest posts below.
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Decoding the Chinese Internet: A Glossary of Political Slang
Essential grass-mud horse language in an accessible ebook. Available in PDF format for pay-what-you-want. All proceeds support the work of CDT. Download here.
Browse by Category
Browse a selection of lexicon entries by category.
Party and State
Censorship and Propaganda
Society and Culture
Health and Environment
Complete list of lexicon entries in pinyin order.