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‘Privacy’ named Dictionary.com’s 2013 word of the year
「隱私」獲選為Dictionary.com的二0一三年度字彙

A screen grab taken from the Dictionary.com Web site shows the word “privacy.”
這張從Dictionary.com網站擷取的畫面,呈現英文「隱私」的字樣。

Photo: TT
照片:台北時報

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)

「可頌甜甜圈」,你不可能處處吃香的啦。Dictionary.com網站十二月十八日宣布,「隱私」一字獲選為該網站的二0一三年度字彙,擊敗包括今年蔚為全球風潮的可頌加上甜甜圈的混合字等其他決選字彙。

另外進入決選的字彙,包括「自動減支計畫」、「關門」、「分享」,以及「歐巴馬版健保」與「3D列印」等新創字。

該線上字典網站表示,「隱私」之所以能脫穎而出,主要肇因於近來遭嚴格檢視的國家安全局等機構主導的政府監聽計畫所引發的論戰。

Dictionary.com將「隱私」定義為「維持個人私生活與事務不受打擾與妨礙的狀態」。

(自由時報/翻譯:張沛元)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

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.

(我知道你沒被錄取那份工作而感到失望。但是,你不可能到處都吃得開。)

2. beat out idiom

擊敗 (ji2 bai4)

例: The visiting team beat us out readily.

(客隊輕鬆擊敗我們。)

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.

(冰淇淋銷售不如預期大部分要歸咎於天冷之故。)


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