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Was 2016 the Worst Year Ever?

2016年是最糟糕的一年吗?

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This is What's Trending Today.

这里是今日趋势节目。

The year 2016 is soon coming to an end.

2016年即将接近尾声。

People on social media are looking back on the year. Many are saying 2016 was one of the worst years in recent memory.

社交媒体上的人们正在回顾这一年。很多人表示,2016年是近期历史上最糟糕的一年。

Television personality John Oliver, for example, spent much of his final show of the year discussing how bad the last 12 months were.

例如,电视届知名人物约翰·奥利弗(John Oliver)在他今年最后一期节目中讨论了过去12个月情况有多糟糕。

He said, "Let's face it: 2016 has been one calamity after another."

他说,“让我们面对现实吧,2016年就是一个接一个的灾难。”

He showed images of the Brexit campaign, migrants in Europe, protests in U.S. cities, flooding, lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan and more.

他展示了英国退欧运动、欧洲移民、美国城市爆发的抗议、洪水、密歇根弗林特市水中含铅等事件的图片。

The producers of his show interviewed people on the streets of New York City.

他节目的制作人在纽约街头采访了人们。

One man said, "if we could erase 2016 off the calendar, it would be perfectly good with me."

有人说,“如果我们可以把2016年从日历上抹去,我就会非常满意。”

Another said "it was a pretty rotten year, I think most people would admit that."

还有人说,“这是相当糟糕的一年,我想大多数人都会承认这点。”

But on Monday, some people used the Twitter hashtag #UpsideOf2016 to discuss some of the good news during the last 12 months.

但是周一,有些人在推特上使用#Upsideof2016标签来讨论过去12个月的一些好消息。

When someone discusses "upside," it means something good or optimistic.

当有人谈论“upside”时,它指的是一些好的或乐观的事情。

Some people responded to the prompt by saying the best thing about 2016 is that it is almost over.

有人对此回应说,2016年最好的事情就是,它马上就要结束了。

But others said they celebrated graduations, engagements, weddings, births and other happy things.

但是其他人表示,他们庆祝了毕业、订婚、婚礼、出生等幸福的事情。

One poster remembered that we got to experience one extra day because 2016 was a Leap Year.

一位发帖者想起,我们要多过一天,因为2016年是闰年。

Another celebrated her recovery from cancer.

另一位推特用户庆祝自己从癌症中康复。

The singer Chaka Khan reminded everyone that one #UpsideOf2016 is that "we're still here," and she wrote "live a #Superlife NOW. Tomorrow is not promised."

歌手Chaka Khan提醒大家,2016年正面的事情之一就是,我们还在这里。她写道,“前路未测,活在当下。”

And that's What's Trending Today.

以上就是本期今日趋势节目的全部内容。

I'm Dan Friedell.

丹·费里德尔报道。

 

This is What's Trending Today.

The year 2016 is soon coming to an end.

People on social media are looking back on the year. Many are saying 2016 was one of the worst years in recent memory.

Television personality John Oliver, for example, spent much of his final show of the year discussing how bad the last 12 months were.

He said, "Let's face it: 2016 has been one calamity after another."

He showed images of the Brexit campaign, migrants in Europe, protests in U.S. cities, flooding, lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan and more.

The producers of his show interviewed people on the streets of New York City.

One man said, "if we could erase 2016 off the calendar, it would be perfectly good with me."

Another said "it was a pretty rotten year, I think most people would admit that."

But on Monday, some people used the Twitter hashtag #UpsideOf2016 to discuss some of the good news during the last 12 months.

When someone discusses "upside," it means something good or optimistic.

Some people responded to the prompt by saying the best thing about 2016 is that it is almost over.

But others said they celebrated graduations, engagements, weddings, births and other happy things.

One poster remembered that we got to experience one extra day because 2016 was a Leap Year.

Another celebrated her recovery from cancer.

The singer Chaka Khan reminded everyone that one #UpsideOf2016 is that "we're still here," and she wrote "live a #Superlife NOW. Tomorrow is not promised."

And that's What's Trending Today.

I'm Dan Friedell.

Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

What did you think of 2016? Let us know in the comments section.

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Words in This Story

calamity – n. an event that causes great harm and suffering

rotten – adj. very bad or unpleasant

engagement – n. an agreement to be married

prompt – n. a message that appears on a computer screen asking the user to do something or to provide information

 


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