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‘Privacy’ named Dictionary.com’s 2013 word of the year

A screen grab taken from the Dictionary.com Web site shows the word “privacy.”

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You just can’t win them all, “cronut.” On Dec. 18, Dictionary.com announced that it had chosen “privacy” as its word of the year, beating out other finalists including the croissant-doughnut hybrid that became a global phenomenon this year.

Other finalists included “sequester,” “shutdown,” “share” and newly coined words such as “Obamacare” and “3D printing.”

The dictionary Web site says it chose “privacy” over the other finalists in large part because of the debate over government surveillance programs led by groups such as the National Security Agency (NSA) that recently came under heightened scrutiny.

Dictionary.com defines “privacy” as “the state of being free from intrusion or disturbance in one’s private life and affairs.”

(Liberty Times)







1. You can’t win them all. idiom

你不可能在所有方面都成功 (ni3 bu4 ke3 neng2 zhai4 suo2 you3 fang1 mian4 dou1 cheng2 gong1)

例: I know you’re very disappointed that you didn’t get the job, but you can’t win them all.


2. beat out idiom

擊敗 (ji2 bai4)

例: The visiting team beat us out readily.


3. in large part idiom

大部分地;主要地 (da4 bu4 fen4 de5; zhu3 yao4 de5)

例: Ice cream sales are not as expected in large part due to the cold weather.


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