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From the Ted Talk by Matt Kenyon: A secret memorial for civilian casualties

Unscramble the Blue Letters

OK, so I'd like each of you to look under your chairs. There's an envelope. And please open it. The paper you're hdnloig in your hand contains the deilats of Iraqi civilians that died as result of the invasion. I'd like you to use this peapr and write a member of government. You can help to smuggle this civilian body count into government archives. Because every letter that's sent in to the government, and this is all across the world, of course — every letetr that is sent in is archived, filed and recorded. Together, we can put this in the mailboxes and under the nesos of polepe in power. Everything that's sent in eventually becomes part of the permanent archive of our government, our shared historical record.

Open Cloze

OK, so I'd like each of you to look under your chairs. There's an envelope. And please open it. The paper you're _______ in your hand contains the _______ of Iraqi civilians that died as result of the invasion. I'd like you to use this _____ and write a member of government. You can help to smuggle this civilian body count into government archives. Because every letter that's sent in to the government, and this is all across the world, of course — every ______ that is sent in is archived, filed and recorded. Together, we can put this in the mailboxes and under the _____ of ______ in power. Everything that's sent in eventually becomes part of the permanent archive of our government, our shared historical record.

Solution

  1. letter
  2. holding
  3. details
  4. paper
  5. noses
  6. people

Original Text

OK, so I'd like each of you to look under your chairs. There's an envelope. And please open it. The paper you're holding in your hand contains the details of Iraqi civilians that died as result of the invasion. I'd like you to use this paper and write a member of government. You can help to smuggle this civilian body count into government archives. Because every letter that's sent in to the government, and this is all across the world, of course — every letter that is sent in is archived, filed and recorded. Together, we can put this in the mailboxes and under the noses of people in power. Everything that's sent in eventually becomes part of the permanent archive of our government, our shared historical record.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
iraqi civilians 4
individual iraqi 3
service members 2
legal tablet 2
united states 2
special legal 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
individual iraqi civilians 3

Important Words

  1. archive
  2. archived
  3. archives
  4. body
  5. chairs
  6. civilian
  7. civilians
  8. count
  9. details
  10. died
  11. envelope
  12. eventually
  13. filed
  14. government
  15. hand
  16. historical
  17. holding
  18. invasion
  19. iraqi
  20. letter
  21. mailboxes
  22. member
  23. noses
  24. open
  25. paper
  26. part
  27. people
  28. permanent
  29. power
  30. put
  31. record
  32. recorded
  33. result
  34. shared
  35. smuggle
  36. world
  37. write