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From the Ted Talk by Richard Thompson Ford: A tailored history of who wears what -- and why

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So I decided to look into the history of rules and laws around clothing to try to figure out what's really at stake. And my research took me all the way back to the late mdidle Ages. I found that these kinds of laws and rules really got started with the growth of cities when strangers began to come together and needed a way to size each other up quickly and on sight. And fashion became a kind of sahhrontd for sautts and ittdeniy and belonging. The elite used fashion in order to assert their social superiority and high status and position. And the average peorsn used fisoahn as a way to clgheanle authority or to climb the social ladder.

Open Cloze

So I decided to look into the history of rules and laws around clothing to try to figure out what's really at stake. And my research took me all the way back to the late ______ Ages. I found that these kinds of laws and rules really got started with the growth of cities when strangers began to come together and needed a way to size each other up quickly and on sight. And fashion became a kind of _________ for ______ and ________ and belonging. The elite used fashion in order to assert their social superiority and high status and position. And the average ______ used _______ as a way to _________ authority or to climb the social ladder.

Solution

  1. fashion
  2. challenge
  3. person
  4. shorthand
  5. status
  6. identity
  7. middle

Original Text

So I decided to look into the history of rules and laws around clothing to try to figure out what's really at stake. And my research took me all the way back to the late Middle Ages. I found that these kinds of laws and rules really got started with the growth of cities when strangers began to come together and needed a way to size each other up quickly and on sight. And fashion became a kind of shorthand for status and identity and belonging. The elite used fashion in order to assert their social superiority and high status and position. And the average person used fashion as a way to challenge authority or to climb the social ladder.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
dress code 9
dress codes 6
workplace dress 3
fashion police 2
high status 2
high heels 2
people wear 2
unwritten dress 2
instagram page 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
workplace dress codes 3
unwritten dress code 2

Important Words

  1. ages
  2. assert
  3. authority
  4. average
  5. began
  6. belonging
  7. challenge
  8. cities
  9. climb
  10. clothing
  11. decided
  12. elite
  13. fashion
  14. figure
  15. growth
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  17. history
  18. identity
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  21. ladder
  22. late
  23. laws
  24. middle
  25. needed
  26. order
  27. person
  28. position
  29. quickly
  30. research
  31. rules
  32. shorthand
  33. sight
  34. size
  35. social
  36. stake
  37. started
  38. status
  39. strangers
  40. superiority