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Ten Words from The New York Times - May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013
perpetuity
“The notion that we’re going to keep 100 individuals in no man’s land in perpetuity,” he added, makes no sense.
feasible
Mr. Obama was ambiguous about one of the most difficult problems raised by Guantánamo: what to do with dozens of detainees deemed too risky to release but not feasible to prosecute.
anguish
Mr. Obama’s remarks about the prison came in an otherwise sedate news conference, and at times he appeared almost anguished.
linger
“This is a lingering problem that is not going to get better,” he said.
revamp
The effort — centered on oversight of the $700 trillion marketplace of the financial instruments known as derivatives — is just one front in the battle still being waged nearly three years after Congress passed the Dodd-Frank law, which revamped financial regulations in the United States in hopes of curtailing the risky trading practices blamed for the global financial crisis in 2008.
avert
Industry players have spent tens of millions of dollars to avert, delay or weaken new rules that are being drafted as part of the law.
contentious
Members of Congress from both parties have joined in the effort, directed at an obscure but increasingly powerful agency, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which has written and must approve some of the most contentious provisions.
collateral
Backing off from Mr. Gensler’s demands has led to some important industry victories, including one that avoided higher collateral standards for all but the biggest banks or hedge funds.
visage
Since 1988, the 100-renminbi note, graced by Mao Zedong’s visage, has been the largest note in circulation, even though the economy has grown fiftyfold.
penetrate
The government responds by trying to penetrate a vast underground economy, where off-the-books transactions are conducted almost entirely in cash, because it is harder for the authorities to trace and tax.

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Friday May 3rd 2013, 4:38 AM
Comment by: Jason Z. (China)
Great words, good to know, thanks
Friday May 3rd 2013, 11:35 AM
Comment by: Pam L.
One of the fill-in-the blank test questions will only accept the word "linger" and not "lingers" when the latter is actually the correct use of the word. The subject of the sentence was third person singular, "someone", and the correct verb tense with that subject is "lingers." I rated that question dreadful because it promotes incorrect usage.
Saturday May 4th 2013, 11:51 AM
Comment by: Erica S. (KS)
I second Pam L.'s comment. For subject/verb agreement, the word should be "lingers."

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