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Chinese state media mocks government officialese

Published on Jan 10, 2013 6:35 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese state media turned on the government's own use of language on Thursday, mocking a list of "repulsive" official cliches submitted by social media users.

The public shaming of bureaucrat-speak - hosted on the microblog of the Communist Party flagship newspaper, the People's Daily - came after China's new leaders slammed the culture of long speeches and meetings and urged better governance.

"No speech is not 'important', no applause is not 'warm'," the People's Daily said on its Twitter-like Weibo account, as it poked fun at officialese and invited followers to share the phrases they found most irritating.

"No leader is not 'highly valued', no visit is not 'friendly', no accomplishment is not 'satisfactory', no achievements are not 'tremendous'," it continued.

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