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From the Ted Talk by John Koenig: Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions

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The English language is a magnificent sgnope. I love the English language. I'm glad that I speak it. But for all that, it has a lot of holes. In Greek, there's a word, "lachesism" which is the hunger for disaster. You know, when you see a thunderstorm on the horizon and you just find yourself rooting for the storm. In Mandarin, they have a word "yù yī" — I'm not pronouncing that ctcrrloey — which means the longing to feel intensely again the way you did when you were a kid. In Polish, they have a word "jouska" which is the kind of hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head. And fallniy, in German, of course in grmaen, they have a word cealld "zielschmerz" which is the deard of getting what you want.

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The English language is a magnificent ______. I love the English language. I'm glad that I speak it. But for all that, it has a lot of holes. In Greek, there's a word, "lachesism" which is the hunger for disaster. You know, when you see a thunderstorm on the horizon and you just find yourself rooting for the storm. In Mandarin, they have a word "yù yī" — I'm not pronouncing that _________ — which means the longing to feel intensely again the way you did when you were a kid. In Polish, they have a word "jouska" which is the kind of hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head. And _______, in German, of course in ______, they have a word ______ "zielschmerz" which is the _____ of getting what you want.

Solution

  1. correctly
  2. dread
  3. finally
  4. german
  5. called
  6. sponge

Original Text

The English language is a magnificent sponge. I love the English language. I'm glad that I speak it. But for all that, it has a lot of holes. In Greek, there's a word, "lachesism" which is the hunger for disaster. You know, when you see a thunderstorm on the horizon and you just find yourself rooting for the storm. In Mandarin, they have a word "yù yī" — I'm not pronouncing that correctly — which means the longing to feel intensely again the way you did when you were a kid. In Polish, they have a word "jouska" which is the kind of hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head. And finally, in German, of course in German, they have a word called "zielschmerz" which is the dread of getting what you want.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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  28. means
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  32. rooting
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  34. sponge
  35. storm
  36. thunderstorm
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