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From the Ted Talk "Felix Dennis: Odes to vice and consequences"

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America, ladies and gentlemen, has done more for me financially than Britain ever has, or ever could have done. I was robn in Britain, as you have probably guessed. Even when on its strwo behavior, I find myself automatically defending the USA from the sneers of green-eyed Europhiles playing their Greek card to Roman trumps. America is an empire. I hope you know that now. All empires, by ennitioifd, are bumbling, shambolic, bullying, utuarcrcbeia raifsaf, as certain of the rightness of their cause in infancy, as they are udoertcpr by power in their dotage. I am no historian, ladies and gentlemen. But it seems to be that the USA's sins, compared to those of many previous empiers, are of a more moderate, if more pervasive, kind. Let me put this bluntly. If Americans are so fat, sipdtu and ignorant, my dear sfdeirn from Birmingham, how come they rule the world?

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America, ladies and gentlemen, has done more for me financially than Britain ever has, or ever could have done. I was ____ in Britain, as you have probably guessed. Even when on its _____ behavior, I find myself automatically defending the USA from the sneers of green-eyed Europhiles playing their Greek card to Roman trumps. America is an empire. I hope you know that now. All empires, by __________, are bumbling, shambolic, bullying, ____________ _______, as certain of the rightness of their cause in infancy, as they are _________ by power in their dotage. I am no historian, ladies and gentlemen. But it seems to be that the USA's sins, compared to those of many previous _______, are of a more moderate, if more pervasive, kind. Let me put this bluntly. If Americans are so fat, ______ and ignorant, my dear _______ from Birmingham, how come they rule the world?

Solution

  1. empires
  2. definition
  3. corrupted
  4. affairs
  5. born
  6. stupid
  7. worst
  8. friends
  9. bureaucratic

Original Text

America, ladies and gentlemen, has done more for me financially than Britain ever has, or ever could have done. I was born in Britain, as you have probably guessed. Even when on its worst behavior, I find myself automatically defending the USA from the sneers of green-eyed Europhiles playing their Greek card to Roman trumps. America is an empire. I hope you know that now. All empires, by definition, are bumbling, shambolic, bullying, bureaucratic affairs, as certain of the rightness of their cause in infancy, as they are corrupted by power in their dotage. I am no historian, ladies and gentlemen. But it seems to be that the USA's sins, compared to those of many previous empires, are of a more moderate, if more pervasive, kind. Let me put this bluntly. If Americans are so fat, stupid and ignorant, my dear friends from Birmingham, how come they rule the world?

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