Verbatim

Quotes and buzzwords of the year

'We hate you guys, but there is nothing much we can do.'

LUO PING, a director general at China's Banking Regulatory Commission, saying Beijing will continue to buy U.S. Treasury bonds despite concerns about the dollar. China has nearly $2 trillion in foreign-currency reserves --FEBRUARY

'They should see it like a weekend of camping.'

SILVIO BERLUSCONI, Italy's Prime Minister, on the thousands of people rendered homeless by an April 6 earthquake that also killed more than 300 in the central Italian town of L'Aquila --APRIL

'Every single Iranian is valuable. The government is at everyone's service. We like everyone.'

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