Working around the Great Firewall: How well do you know the lingo?

Chinese netizens have used a lot of different terms that sound like something else to express their opinions about the Chinese government and society. By not using such “hot” words as “Tiananmen,” “Ai Weiwei,” “Jasmine,” etc the online community in China gets their point across and stay out of jail.

Now China Digital Times has a test to see how well new China hands understand what the Chinese netizens are saying:

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Chinese Netizen-Speak?


China Digital Times has added many new entries to the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon and updated a number of older entries.

Take this quiz to see how well you understand the colorful and constantly evolving language of China’s netizens.

Take the test at China Digital Times

And just to prove that there is a journalism angle, here is question #4

The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson told foreign reporters who had attempted to cover the “Jasmine Revolution” in China that:

A. They could interview whomever they wanted as long as they agreed to only publish Xinhua news reports.

B. They should carefully consider how much they cared about getting visas to China in the future.

C. The law would not act as a shield to protect them

D. The protestors had ulterior motives and did not understand the actual situation.





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