“老欧洲”一词本意是用来刺激我们的,但它的意思却经历了转化,现如今欧洲人将其作为正面的拥有自信的新代名词。"语言协会主席鲁朵尔夫·胡伯格于周五说道,"这是一个非常有意思的词,因为它在跨越国界后有了新的意思。"他补充道。BERLIN (Reuters) - "Old Europe", a term US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld used to disparage Germany and France for resisting war in Iraq, was named phrase of the year in Germany by a panel of language experts. The Wiesbaden-based Society for the German Language made "das alte Europa" its choice in the annual poll for the expression of the year after Rumsfeld"s phrase became a popular rallying cry①used proudly by opponents of the war.
"The term "old Europe" was originally used as a provocation, but its meaning underwent a transformation and now stands as a new-found symbol of positive self-confidence among Europeans," Rudolf Hoberg, chairman of the language society, said Friday. "It"s an extremely interesting term because it took on new meanings across borders," he added.
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