No matter how hard China’s censors try to stop netizens from discussing current issues that upset the regime there are always a bunch of creative and subversively funny users in cyberspace who find ways round the overbearing surveillance.
And it is not through high tech software or clever programs that these netizens open up the discussion instead it is old fashioned puns, wordplay and symbolism. This type of low level cryptography dates back centuries and has been used in many cultures. So how well do you know what means what?
Take this quiz to see how well you understand the colorful and constantly evolving language of China’s netizens. The answers all relate to new Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon entries as explained at the bottom of this page. Good luck!
1. What is the nickname given to the current Foreign Ministry spokesperson of China?
A. Stiff fish
B. The iron lady
C. The terminator
D. Madame Mao