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From the Ted Talk by Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

Unscramble the Blue Letters

AB: The nrhmtaige thought is that frightening people is the best way to get work out of them, and that somehow the crueler the environment, the more people will rise to the challenge. You want to think, who would you like as your ideal dad? And your ideal dad is somebody who is tough but gentle. And it's a very hard line to make. We need fathers, as it were, the exemplary fehtar fgireus in society, avoiding the two eretmexs, which is the authoritarian disciplinarian on the one hand, and on the other, the lax, no-rules ooiptn.

Open Cloze

AB: The _________ thought is that frightening people is the best way to get work out of them, and that somehow the crueler the environment, the more people will rise to the challenge. You want to think, who would you like as your ideal dad? And your ideal dad is somebody who is tough but gentle. And it's a very hard line to make. We need fathers, as it were, the exemplary ______ _______ in society, avoiding the two ________, which is the authoritarian disciplinarian on the one hand, and on the other, the lax, no-rules ______.

Solution

  1. nightmare
  2. extremes
  3. figures
  4. option
  5. father

Original Text

AB: The nightmare thought is that frightening people is the best way to get work out of them, and that somehow the crueler the environment, the more people will rise to the challenge. You want to think, who would you like as your ideal dad? And your ideal dad is somebody who is tough but gentle. And it's a very hard line to make. We need fathers, as it were, the exemplary father figures in society, avoiding the two extremes, which is the authoritarian disciplinarian on the one hand, and on the other, the lax, no-rules option.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. authoritarian
  2. avoiding
  3. challenge
  4. crueler
  5. dad
  6. disciplinarian
  7. environment
  8. exemplary
  9. extremes
  10. father
  11. fathers
  12. figures
  13. frightening
  14. gentle
  15. hand
  16. hard
  17. ideal
  18. lax
  19. line
  20. nightmare
  21. option
  22. people
  23. rise
  24. society
  25. thought
  26. tough
  27. work