Safe and Sorry – Terrorism & Mass Surveillance

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


eroded means to wear away or to reduce the size of something by using water or other substances. The soil in the park is eroded by the rain.

  • The erosion of the coastline is a major problem.
  • The erosion of the currency will reduce the amount of money that is available.

A hijacker is a person who takes control of a plane or other vehicle and forces the passengers to do whatever they want. They often take hostages to ensure their safety.

  • The hijackers forced the passengers to get on the ground.
  • The hijackers took over the plane and forced everyone to get on the ground.

A haystack is a large pile of hay. It's usually used to store crops or to feed livestock.

  • The haystack was so large that we couldn't see the sun.
  • The haystack was so tall that we couldn't see the sky.

When a floodgate is open, water is flowing freely through it. This can be a good or a bad thing.

  • The floodgates were opened to let the water out, which was a good thing.
  • The floodgates were opened to let the water in, which was a bad thing.

Cryptographers are people who work on security measures for computers and other electronic devices. They are responsible for encrypting information so that it is difficult for outsiders to read or use.

  • The cryptographers were able to crack the code within a few hours.
  • The cryptographers are working on a new security measure, which will make the computer more difficult to hack.

To quash something is to stop it from happening. If you quash a protest, you're preventing it from happening.

  • The government tried to quash the protest by using force.
  • The teacher tried to quash the student's protests by confiscating their phones.

To criticize something is to give it a negative review. You might criticize a book, movie, or piece of art.

  • He criticized the movie for its poor plot.
  • She criticized the dress for not being flattering.

Proportionality is a principle that states that the severity of a punishment should be proportional to the severity of the crime. This means that the punishment should fit the crime.

  • The judge decided to give the defendant a light sentence because the crime was not proportionate to the severity of the injury.
  • The police officer used excessive force when he arrested the suspect, because the crime was not proportionate to the severity of the crime.

A stricter regime is a government or organization that is more strict in its rules and regulations. A stricter regime is often more demanding and less forgiving.

  • The stricter regime is harsher on crime.
  • The stricter regime is stricter on the environment.