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From the Ted Talk "Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ..."

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When I was a freshman in high ohcols, I was a eivl eirw of svrouen rshmoneo. And I was underdeveloped and over-excitable. And despite my fear of ever being looked at for too long, I was fascinated by the idea of spoken-word poetry. I felt that my two secret loves, poetry and theater, had come together, had a baby, a baby I needed to get to know. So I decided to give it a try. My first spoken-word poem, packed with all the wisdom of a 14-year-old, was about the injustice of being seen as unfeminine. The poem was very tdigannin, and mainly exaggerated, but the only spoken-word poetry that I had seen up until that point was mainly indignant, so I thought that's what was expected of me.

Open Cloze

When I was a freshman in high ______, I was a ____ ____ of _______ ________. And I was underdeveloped and over-excitable. And despite my fear of ever being looked at for too long, I was fascinated by the idea of spoken-word poetry. I felt that my two secret loves, poetry and theater, had come together, had a baby, a baby I needed to get to know. So I decided to give it a try. My first spoken-word poem, packed with all the wisdom of a 14-year-old, was about the injustice of being seen as unfeminine. The poem was very _________, and mainly exaggerated, but the only spoken-word poetry that I had seen up until that point was mainly indignant, so I thought that's what was expected of me.

Solution

  1. school
  2. wire
  3. nervous
  4. live
  5. hormones
  6. indignant

Original Text

When I was a freshman in high school, I was a live wire of nervous hormones. And I was underdeveloped and over-excitable. And despite my fear of ever being looked at for too long, I was fascinated by the idea of spoken-word poetry. I felt that my two secret loves, poetry and theater, had come together, had a baby, a baby I needed to get to know. So I decided to give it a try. My first spoken-word poem, packed with all the wisdom of a 14-year-old, was about the injustice of being seen as unfeminine. The poem was very indignant, and mainly exaggerated, but the only spoken-word poetry that I had seen up until that point was mainly indignant, so I thought that's what was expected of me.

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collocation frequency
spoken word 17
word poetry 10
poetry club 3
high school 3
bowery poetry 3

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
spoken word poetry 10
bowery poetry club 3

Important Words

  1. baby
  2. decided
  3. exaggerated
  4. expected
  5. fascinated
  6. fear
  7. felt
  8. freshman
  9. give
  10. high
  11. hormones
  12. idea
  13. indignant
  14. injustice
  15. live
  16. long
  17. looked
  18. loves
  19. needed
  20. nervous
  21. packed
  22. poem
  23. poetry
  24. point
  25. school
  26. secret
  27. theater
  28. thought
  29. underdeveloped
  30. unfeminine
  31. wire
  32. wisdom