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Just how much is a trillion dollars? Well... 一兆元到底是多少?嗯…

The unofficial National Debt Clock is seen with a makeshift “1” in the dollar sign box, marking the federal government’s expanding current debt of about US$10.2 trillion, on Oct. 9, 2008 in New York City.


US senators opposing an almost US$1 trillion economic stimulus package are struggling to find ways to explain just how big that one with 12 zeroes after it really is.

Republican Senator John Thune said you could circle the equator 38.9 times with 100-dollar bills stretched side-by-side, and showed a picture of Earth encircled in greenbacks to emphasize his point.

“One trillion dollars is a terrible thing to waste,” he said. “We shouldn’t spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need.”

A day earlier, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell also grappled with ways to illustrate how big the US$888 billion stimulus plan, which could easily grow before a final vote, really is.

“Just to put a trillion dollars in context, if you started spending the day that Jesus was born and you spent a million dollars every single day, you still wouldn’t have spent a trillion dollars. This is a lot of money,” he said.(AFP)







1. trillion n.

兆 (zhao4)

例: The government has announced a trillion-dollar spending plan.


2. equator n.

赤道 (chi4 dao4)

例: Days and nights are exactly 12 hours long at the equator.


3. emphasize v.t.

強調 (qiang2 diao4)

例: We need to emphasize how important this plan is. (我們得強調這個計畫有多重要。)

4. vote n.

表決 (biao3 jue2)

例: We took a vote, and decided to implement the plan.


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