- 1100 Words You Need to Know – Week 4, Day 7
- English Vocabulary Class
- Listen to the podcast of this English Vocabulary Class based on the text below:
Using the clues listed below, fill in each blank in the following story with one of the new words you learned this week.
Want to Run for Office?
In recent years, we have seen the phenomenon of incumbent politicians retiring in record numbers. When interviewed, many of them admitted that they had lost their taste for the job because of the abuse to which an __________ for office is subjected.
“My last campaign was a __________ affair in which my opponents did everything to __________ my record and air __________ charges about my private life,” said one congressman. “I don’t have to stand still for such treatment,” he added, “which was terribly embarrassing to me and my entire family.”
Citizen groups, appalled by the candidates’ mudslinging, have sought to do something about the situation. Committees have been formed in a number of states to study ways to elevate the tone of the process, reduce the emotionalism, and eliminate the __________ of name calling that is generated as election day draws near.
“Unless we clean up this mess,” said the chairman of an Illinois caucus, “we will lose the best and the brightest from the political arena. After all, who but a masochist wants to be a punching bag, the subject of daily vilification in the media, and a target for every malcontent in town?”