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"Safety" becomes media buzzwords for 2011

By Liu Hao (Beijing Daily)

13:34, December 30, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The word "an quan", which means safety in English, was included in a list of China's top 10 media buzzwords for 2011, the first annual list of its kind in the country compiled using modern language monitoring techniques, which was recently released at the Communication University of China.

Generally, media reports are a reflection of public opinion on major incidents such as the Wenzhou high-speed train crash, the Jiangsu school bus crash and the clenbuterol pork meat scandal. These incidents made "safety" one of the top 10 media buzzwords in China in 2011.

Hou Min, a professor at the Communication University of China, said it showed the Chinese people's great concern about travel safety and food safety.

The list was compiled based on a corpus of about 1 billion words from news reports of six newspapers such as the People's Daily, 26 television and radio stations such as China Central Television and China National Radio, and some websites such as and from Jan.1, 2011 to Dec. 10, 2011.

The corpus was established by the National Language Resources Monitoring and Research Center.


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