full transcript

From the Ted Talk by Oliver Jeffers: An ode to living on Earth

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Consider bflriey the story of human civilization on Earth. It tells of the ingenuity, elegance, generous and nurturing nature of a species that is also self-focused, vnrealblue and defiantly protective. We, the people, shield the flame of our existence from the raw, vast elements outside our control, the great beyond. Yet it is always to the flmae we look. "For all we know," when said as a statement, it means the sum total of all knowledge. But when said another way, "for all we know," it means that we do not know at all. This is the beautiful, fragile drama of civilization. We are the actors and scporeatts of a cosmic play that means the world to us here, but means nothing anywhere else. polsisby not even that much down here, either.

Open Cloze

Consider _______ the story of human civilization on Earth. It tells of the ingenuity, elegance, generous and nurturing nature of a species that is also self-focused, __________ and defiantly protective. We, the people, shield the flame of our existence from the raw, vast elements outside our control, the great beyond. Yet it is always to the _____ we look. "For all we know," when said as a statement, it means the sum total of all knowledge. But when said another way, "for all we know," it means that we do not know at all. This is the beautiful, fragile drama of civilization. We are the actors and __________ of a cosmic play that means the world to us here, but means nothing anywhere else. ________ not even that much down here, either.

Solution

  1. briefly
  2. possibly
  3. spectators
  4. vulnerable
  5. flame

Original Text

Consider briefly the story of human civilization on Earth. It tells of the ingenuity, elegance, generous and nurturing nature of a species that is also self-focused, vulnerable and defiantly protective. We, the people, shield the flame of our existence from the raw, vast elements outside our control, the great beyond. Yet it is always to the flame we look. "For all we know," when said as a statement, it means the sum total of all knowledge. But when said another way, "for all we know," it means that we do not know at all. This is the beautiful, fragile drama of civilization. We are the actors and spectators of a cosmic play that means the world to us here, but means nothing anywhere else. Possibly not even that much down here, either.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
planet earth 2

Important Words

  1. actors
  2. beautiful
  3. briefly
  4. civilization
  5. control
  6. cosmic
  7. defiantly
  8. drama
  9. earth
  10. elegance
  11. elements
  12. existence
  13. flame
  14. fragile
  15. generous
  16. great
  17. human
  18. ingenuity
  19. knowledge
  20. means
  21. nature
  22. nurturing
  23. people
  24. play
  25. possibly
  26. protective
  27. raw
  28. shield
  29. species
  30. spectators
  31. statement
  32. story
  33. sum
  34. tells
  35. total
  36. vast
  37. vulnerable
  38. world