II. While Reading Tasks
- preside |priˈzīd| verb-be in the position of authority in a meeting or gathering: Bishop Herbener presided at the meeting.
- vigilance |ˈvijələns| noun-the action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.
- detect |diˈtekt| verb – discover or identify the presence or existence of: cancer may soon be detected in its earliest stages.
- testimonial |ˌtestəˈmōnēəl| noun- a formal statement testifying to someone’s character and qualifications.
- cameo |ˈkamēˌō| noun (pl. cameos) a small character part in a play or movie, played by a distinguished actor or a celebrity: [ as modifier ] : he played numerous cameo roles.
- montage |mänˈtäZH, mōn-, mōN-| noun-the process or technique of selecting, editing, and piecing together separate sections of film to form a continuous whole.
- anchor |ˈaNGkər| noun- a person or thing that provides stability or confidence; an anchorman or anchorwoman, esp. in broadcasting or athletics: he signed off after nineteen years as CBS news anchor.
- nostalgia |näˈstaljə, nə-| noun-a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations: an evening of TV nostalgia.
- shortcomings |ˈSHôrtˌkəmiNG| noun (usu. shortcomings) a fault or failure to meet a certain standard, typically in a person’s character, a plan, or a system: he is so forthright about his shortcomings, it’s hard to chastise him.
- discouraged |disˈkərijd, -ˈkə-rijd| adjective
- having lost confidence or enthusiasm; disheartened: he must be feeling pretty discouraged.
- Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Reading Comprehension: Word -Recognition
None of this discouraged some of Mr. Stewart’s final guests from pleading with him to stick around a little longer. When President Obama appeared on The Daily Show in July, he jokingly told Mr. Stewart: I’m issuing a new executive order that Jon Stewart cannot leave the show. It’s being challenged in the courts.
While interviewing his friend and fellow comedian Denis Leary on Wednesday, Mr. Stewart said he was comfortable with his decision to step down. When you do something that you know you will never be as good at something as you were at this, you have to make peace with it, Mr. Stewart said. And I’ve made peace with it.
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
Mr. Stewart has presided over this Comedy Central since 1999.
All of us were lucky to work with you.
Mr. Stewart was comfortable with his decision to step down.