Ten Words from New York Times History - The Kitchen Debate - July 24, 1959

From Nixon and Khrushchev Argue In Public As U.S. Exhibit Opens; Accuse Each Other Of Threats, the story of the "kitchen debates," from July 24, 1959.

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  1. ultimatum
    a final peremptory demand
    Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev debated in public today the merits of washing machines, capitalism, free exchange of ideas, summit meetings, rockets and ultimatums.
  2. exposition
    a collection of things for public display
    Premier Khrushchev joined Mr. Nixon in expressing hope that the American exposition would promote understanding between the two countries.
  3. stalemate
    a situation in which no progress can be made
    He said it was now stalemated and that a way must be found to get it moving toward a solution.
  4. straightforward
    without concealment or deception; honest
    But their talk was straightforward and there was no hint of ill feeling in their fast and furious interchanges.
  5. corps
    a body of people associated together
    Nothing like the Nixon-Khrushchev exchange has occurred within the memory of the gray-haired member of the Moscow or Washington press corps.
  6. rhetorical
    relating to using language effectively
    Even to correspondents familiar with Mr. Khrushchev's capacity for catch-as-catch-can conversation and Mr. Nixon's ability to field rhetorical line drives, the day seemed more like an event dreamed up by a Hollywood script writer than a confrontation of two of the world's leading statesmen.
  7. discrimination
    unfair treatment of a person or group based on prejudice
    Mr. Khrushchev rejoined that in the Soviet Union they did not have what he called "the capitalist attitude toward women," apparently meaning that discrimination and exploitation of women did not occur under communism.
  8. universal
    applicable to or common to all members of a group or set
    "I think that this attitude toward women is universal," Mr. Nixon said.
  9. articulate
    characterized by clear expressive language
    "I appreciate that you are very articulate and energetic," Mr. Nixon said.
  10. astound
    affect with wonder
    Mr. Nixon said the American exhibition was designed not to astound but to interest--just as was the Soviet exhibition in New York.

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