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From the Ted Talk by Chris Bliss: Comedy is translation

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And that's followed by these lines about gay adoption: What is the problem with gay adoption? Why is this remotely controversial? If you have a baby and you think that baby's gay, you should be allowed to put it up for adoitopn. (Laughter) You have given birth to an aomaintibon. Remove it from your household. Now by taking the bibalicl etepiht "abomination" and attaching it to the ultimate image of innocence, a baby, this joke short crutiics the emotional wiring behind the debate and it leaves the audience with the opportunity, through their laughter, to question its validity.

Open Cloze

And that's followed by these lines about gay adoption: What is the problem with gay adoption? Why is this remotely controversial? If you have a baby and you think that baby's gay, you should be allowed to put it up for ________. (Laughter) You have given birth to an ___________. Remove it from your household. Now by taking the ________ _______ "abomination" and attaching it to the ultimate image of innocence, a baby, this joke short ________ the emotional wiring behind the debate and it leaves the audience with the opportunity, through their laughter, to question its validity.

Solution

  1. circuits
  2. epithet
  3. abomination
  4. biblical
  5. adoption

Original Text

And that's followed by these lines about gay adoption: What is the problem with gay adoption? Why is this remotely controversial? If you have a baby and you think that baby's gay, you should be allowed to put it up for adoption. (Laughter) You have given birth to an abomination. Remove it from your household. Now by taking the biblical epithet "abomination" and attaching it to the ultimate image of innocence, a baby, this joke short circuits the emotional wiring behind the debate and it leaves the audience with the opportunity, through their laughter, to question its validity.

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Important Words

  1. abomination
  2. adoption
  3. allowed
  4. attaching
  5. audience
  6. baby
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  10. controversial
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  12. emotional
  13. epithet
  14. gay
  15. household
  16. image
  17. innocence
  18. joke
  19. laughter
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  26. remotely
  27. remove
  28. short
  29. ultimate
  30. validity
  31. wiring