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"From the Ted Talk by Mark Forsyth: What's a snollygoster? A short lesson in political speak"

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It wasn't until, for example, 1771 that the British Parliament aewolld newspapers to report the exact words that were said in the debating chamber. And this was actually all down to the bravery of a guy with the extraordinary name of Brass Crosby, who took on Parliament. And he was thrown into the Tower of London and imprisoned, but he was brave enough, he was brave enough to take them on, and in the end, he had such popular sproput in London that he won. And it was only a few years later that we have the first recorded use of the prahse "as bold as brass." Most people think that's down to the meatl. It's not; it's down to a campaigner for the freedom of the perss.

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It wasn't until, for example, 1771 that the British Parliament _______ newspapers to report the exact words that were said in the debating chamber. And this was actually all down to the bravery of a guy with the extraordinary name of Brass Crosby, who took on Parliament. And he was thrown into the Tower of London and imprisoned, but he was brave enough, he was brave enough to take them on, and in the end, he had such popular _______ in London that he won. And it was only a few years later that we have the first recorded use of the ______ "as bold as brass." Most people think that's down to the _____. It's not; it's down to a campaigner for the freedom of the _____.

Solution

  1. phrase
  2. allowed
  3. metal
  4. press
  5. support

Original Text

It wasn't until, for example, 1771 that the British Parliament allowed newspapers to report the exact words that were said in the debating chamber. And this was actually all down to the bravery of a guy with the extraordinary name of Brass Crosby, who took on Parliament. And he was thrown into the Tower of London and imprisoned, but he was brave enough, he was brave enough to take them on, and in the end, he had such popular support in London that he won. And it was only a few years later that we have the first recorded use of the phrase "as bold as brass." Most people think that's down to the metal. It's not; it's down to a campaigner for the freedom of the press.

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