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China Punishes Wordplay

You can’t speak pǔntōnghuà in China.

policeThe Chinese Administration of Radio, Press, and Publications is not amused by rampant puns in advertising, television and the news. The Administration showed no sense of humor when it banned the use of puns and “non-standard language,” citing commercials for using wordplay and accusing the media of misleading the public and violating the National Common Language law.

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