Beijing: The ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) has asked its members to continue calling each other as 'comrade' after they failed to find an alternative word for it despite the term having dubious linkages to the gay community.
The quintessential greeting of the left and Communist doctrines has staged a comeback in the lexicon of CPC as the party told its members to 'keep calling each other 'comrade''.
The party ruled that more than half of its discipline regulations were 'outdated' and no longer applicable after a two-year review, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Among 487 regulations to remain in use is a 49-year-old diktat that members call each other 'comrade', a widely used Communist Party term, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
CPC discouraged its party members in the past few years from using the term as it has become an informal term of reference for gay people in present day China.
The Party's Guangdong unit banned its members from addressing each other as "boss", "buddy", or "bro" in May.
The terms are known to be used in private enterprises, or even mafia circles.
The meaning was introduced from Hong Kong more than two decades ago and is popular nowadays among the younger generation and internet community, the Post reported.
The retention of the regulation seems to be in line with a broader push by President Xi Jinping to combat bureaucracy, it said.
According to a decision by the CPC Central Committee about 58.7 percent of 1,178 Party regulatory documents issued by the party since 1949 will no longer be effective due to problems such as lack of adaptability or consistency.
Since 2012, the party began conducting a two-year scrutiny of all Party documents issued and found that there were over 23,000 documents on various issues since the founding of the New China in 1949, among which 1,178 are Party regulations, bylaws or regulatory documents.
The word 'comrade' originates from French and has been frequently adopted by left-wing organisations, most notably, communist parties around the world.