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Bertie Wooster and Madeline Bassett

  On the night of 3 July 2015, Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece and leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left, or Syriza, addressed a large crowd that had coalesced in front of the Greek parliament in Syntagma Square. Since the beginning of the country’s debt crisis six years earlier, Syntagma Square had been the frequent site of irate anti-austerity demonstrations, many of which dissolved into street skirmishes between riot police and anarchists slinging chunks of marble hammered from the paving in the square.

Now, however, the mood was jubilant. There was music and dancing. People waved Greek flags. The crowd yelled in ecstatic unison: ‘Oxi! Oxi! Oxi! Oxi!’ By this point, anyone following the Greek government’s stand-off with its creditors from the EU and the IMF knew that ‘Oxi’ is Greek for ‘No’. Six days earlier, Tsipras had announced a referendum on whether the government should accept the onerous conditions demanded by its creditors in return for a bailout that would allow it to continue paying off loans due that summer.
Without the new loans, Greece would be forced to default and leave the Eurozone.

  1. Coalition (koh-uh-lish-uhn) (n)
  2. Coalesced (koh-uh-lesd) (v)
  3. Irate (ahy-reyt) (adj)
  4. Austerity (aw-ster-i-tee) (n)
  5. Demonstrations
    (dem-uh n-strey-shuhns) (n)
  6. Dissolved (dih-zolvd) (v)
  7. Skirmishes (skur-mish-ehs) (n)
  8. Anarchists (an-er-kists) (n)
  9. Slinging (sling-ing) (participle)
  10. Hammered (ham-erd) (adj)
  11. Jubilant (joo-bih-luh nt) (adj)
  12. Ecstatic (ek-stat-ik) (adj)
  13. Unison (yoo-nih-suh n) (n)
  14. Stand-off (stand-awf) (n)
  15. Referendum (ref-uh-ren-duh m) (n)
  16. Onerous (oh-ner-uhs) (adj)
  17. Bailout (beyl-out) (n)
  18. Default (dih-fawlt) (v)
  1. Angry, enraged, furious
  2. Involving a great deal of effort, trouble, or difficulty, including heavy obligations
  3. A deadlock between two equally matched opponents in a dispute or conflict
  4. Simultaneous performance or uttering of speech
  5. Using a sling to throw stones or other objects
  6. Change gradually from one state to another
  7. Fail to fulfil an obligation, especially to repay a loan
  8. A public meeting or march protesting against something or expressing views on a political issue
  9. A general vote by the voters on a single political question which has been referred to them for a direct decision
  10. Difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public expenditure
  11. Persons who believe in using violence to destroy all constituted forms and institutions of society and government, with no intention to establish any alternate system of order; persons who promote disorder or excite revolt against any established rule, law, or custom
  12. Feeling or expressing overwhelming happiness or joyful excitement
  13. A brief conflict or encounter; an episode of irregular or unpremeditated fighting
  14. An act of giving financial assistance to a failing business or economy to save it from collapse
  15. Chipped or prised or struck out small pieces from a larger piece
  16. An alliance, often a temporary one, for combined action, especially of political parties forming a government
  17. Come together to form one mass or whole Feeling or expressing great joy, happiness and triumph


1. p 2. q 3. a 4. j 5. h
6. f 7. m 8. k 9. e 10. o
11. r 12. l 13. d 14. c 15. i
16. b 17. n 18. g