the following excerpts from the NewsHour report. Match the underlined vocabulary
words/phrases with definitions below.
Title of program - Trade Impasse
3. to engulf _J__
MARKS: "There was pandemonium in
the convention center as delegates suddenly spilled out of meetings and were engulfed
by the world's press."
MARKS: "But with no movement on the Singapore issues,
the U.S. trade representative angrily blamed the developing world for intransigence
that brought the talks' collapse."
to pontificate __K__
ROBERT ZOELLICK, U.S. Trade Representative: "We tried
to caution that too many were spending too much time pontificating, not negotiating."
ZOELLICK: "The harsh rhetoric of the 'won't do' overwhelmed
and concerted efforts of the 'can do.'"
to dilute _G___
MARKS: "The protest movement has been diluted in part
because some non- governmental organizations have abandoned the barricades and
are working with the WTO instead."
to cajole __I__
9. to bemoan __E__
10. disarray _O___
whose representatives spent the week lobbying and cajoling delegates inside the
conference center, bemoaned the talks' collapse. But other non-governmental organizations
were happy to see the meetings end in disarray
vantage point __H__
SUAREZ: "So from your vantage point, Ambassador Shiner,
you were down there, what happened?"
to unravel __D__
13. contentious _F___
BERNAL: "And because we couldn't
get past that, we never got to unraveling the difficulties in agriculture, which
was even more contentious."
SUAREZ: "Did the United States go to Cancun ready to cut those
subsidies that were the bane of so many agricultural countries at the meeting?"
15. the lion's
share (idiom) __A__
16. on the table (idiom) __M__
Bernal, agricultural got the lion's share of attention, it seems, but there were
other things on the table, weren't there, like the ability of investor countries
to buy into the economies of developing countries?"
SUAREZ: "Ronald Reagan, for instance, was an adamant free
the biggest part of something
b. a cause of continual trouble or unhappiness
language; speech or writing that is effective and persuasive
d. to solve; to
e. to complain about or express sadness
f. causing disagreement
to water down or make weaker
h. a place that provides a good view
try to persuade someone to do something by saying things that please them or that
make them feel important
j. to surround and cover completely
k. to speak
in an important manner as if only your opinion was correct
l. impossible to
persuade, or unwilling to change an opinion or decision
m. a plan that has
been officially suggested and is now being discussed
n. noisy confusion and
o. a disorderly or confused condition
p. a point in a process
at which further progress is blocked, especially by disagreement
refusing to be persuaded
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