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Chinese state media mocks government officialese

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

Former Chinese leader Hu Jintao straightens his glasses as he gives a press conference in Kiev on June 20, 2011. Chinese social media users said Hu's speeches were filled with Communist terminology or references to socialist figures. Chinese state media turned on the government's own use of language, 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 mouthpiece, the People's Daily -- came after China's new leaders slammed the culture of long speeches and meetings and urged better governance.

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