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"GroKo" selected as word of the year 2013 in Germany

English.news.cn   2013-12-13 21:50:20            

BERLIN, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- "GroKo" is the word of the year 2013 in Germany, the German Language Society announced on Friday in Wiesbaden .

"GroKo" stands for the planned grand coalition of Merkel's conservative bloc of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD).

It is an interesting, linguistically playful word formation, said Armin Burkhardt, the chairman of the German Language Society.

"GroKo" is a term that has spread primarily on the Internet this year in Germany. Many people used it on social media to express and discuss the planned coalition.

It is unique for an abbreviation to be selected as the word of the year.

"Protz-Bischof" made the second place in reference to the escapade of German Bishop, Tebartz-van Elst.

According to the German Language Society, it selected ten "words of 2013" from more than 2,400 proposals, not based on the frequency, but on the linguistic timeline of the passing year.

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Australia selects "Bitcoin" as the 2013 Word of the Year

CANBERRA, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Australian National University Dictionary Centre (ANDC), based in Canberra, confirmed in a statement on Friday that they have selected "bitcoin" as the 2013 Word of the Year.

The 2013 Word of the Year and shortlist are selected by the research and editorial staff of the ANDC in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, who undertake research into Australian English and edit Australian dictionaries for Oxford University Press.  Full story

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