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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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And after three weeks of debate, in the end, the Senate did not cave in. Instead, they agreed to use the title "President" for now. But they also wanted it absolutely set down that they didn't agree with it, from a decent respect for the opinions and practice of civilized naonits, whether under republican or monarchical forms of government, whose custom it is to annex, through the office of the ceihf Magistrate, titles of rcipsettlaebiy — not bloody "President." And that, in the intercourse with foreign nations, the majesty of the plpoee of the utenid States may not be haerzadd by an appearance of singularity — i.e., we don't want to look like bloody weirdos.

Open Cloze

And after three weeks of debate, in the end, the Senate did not cave in. Instead, they agreed to use the title "President" for now. But they also wanted it absolutely set down that they didn't agree with it, from a decent respect for the opinions and practice of civilized _______, whether under republican or monarchical forms of government, whose custom it is to annex, through the office of the _____ Magistrate, titles of ______________ — not bloody "President." And that, in the intercourse with foreign nations, the majesty of the ______ of the ______ States may not be ________ by an appearance of singularity — i.e., we don't want to look like bloody weirdos.

Solution

  1. respectability
  2. hazarded
  3. united
  4. people
  5. chief
  6. nations

Original Text

And after three weeks of debate, in the end, the Senate did not cave in. Instead, they agreed to use the title "President" for now. But they also wanted it absolutely set down that they didn't agree with it, from a decent respect for the opinions and practice of civilized nations, whether under republican or monarchical forms of government, whose custom it is to annex, through the office of the Chief Magistrate, titles of respectability — not bloody "President." And that, in the intercourse with foreign nations, the majesty of the people of the United States may not be hazarded by an appearance of singularity — i.e., we don't want to look like bloody weirdos.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
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senate won 2

Important Words

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  2. agree
  3. agreed
  4. annex
  5. appearance
  6. bloody
  7. cave
  8. chief
  9. civilized
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  11. debate
  12. decent
  13. foreign
  14. forms
  15. government
  16. hazarded
  17. intercourse
  18. magistrate
  19. majesty
  20. monarchical
  21. nations
  22. office
  23. opinions
  24. people
  25. practice
  26. republican
  27. respect
  28. respectability
  29. senate
  30. set
  31. singularity
  32. states
  33. title
  34. titles
  35. united
  36. wanted
  37. weeks
  38. weirdos