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All hail the grass mud horse!

A grass mud horse is either a benign child's toy or a really vile epithet, depending on how you say it in Chinese, and the peace-loving grass mud horse is tweaking the nose of Chinese censorship:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/12/world/asia/12beast.html

Let ten thousand grass mud horses bloom!

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deckardcanine
Mar. 13th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
I can't help thinking there's at least one English equivalent, but I can't put my finger on it.
ccdesan
Mar. 14th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
If you see Kay, tell her Mike Hunt was looking for her.
deckardcanine
Mar. 14th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
I've heard of Mike Hunt (and have transcribed conferences with Mike Rapp), but how does Kay figure into the joke?
deckardcanine
Mar. 14th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Never mind; I figured it out.
ccdesan
Mar. 14th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
The Wikipedia article on this issue is replete with examples and translations. I followed one of the video links to a news broadcast about llamas, and while my Mandarin is nowhere near good enough to understand everything, the phrase in question is very recognizable, and it's a hoot to think of this being used everywhere - only the tones are different, but the pun is blatantly obvious.

Bite the wax tadpole!

Edited at 2009-03-14 03:28 am (UTC)
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