Strange article in Shanghai Daily today, “Police help poor village cast off shit name” — who knew SHDaily were allowed to curse like sailors! Aside from the strange editorial oversight that allowed one of the “Big Three” swearwords into a publication that’s read by thousands of expat families (though this story was not in the print edition), is the odd story itself.
According to the article, in Guizhou there’s a remote village with less than 300 people which has had the name “Dog Shit” ascribed to it for hundreds of years. Why the name “Dog Shit”? Well, apparently because at the time of the village’s naming, it was so remote only dogs had previously gone to that location to defecate.
What would drive these dogs to travel long distances just to do their duty is the big mystery here, as anyone knows it’s hard enough to stop the dog from crapping inside the house, not to mention preventing them from pooping in every neighbor’s yard within 15 minutes of going on even the shortest of walks.
Regardless, after decades of suffering the humiliating name, 69 villagers finally had enough and petitioned the local government for change. Police complied with the request and helped the villagers choose the new name of Jinxin, meaning “prosperous and happy.”
All’s well that ends well for the village, but we’re left wondering what kind of feedback Shanghai Daily gets for using that sort of language!