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"From the Ted Talk by Erin McKean: Go ahead, make up new words!"

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Now, sometimes people use this kind of rules-based grammar to discourage people from making up words. And I think that is, well, situpd. So, for example, people are always tienllg you, "Be creative, make new music, do art, ivennt things, science and technology." But when it comes to words, they're like, "Don't! No. Creativity stops right here, whippersnappers. Give it a rest." (Laughter) But that makes no sense to me. Words are gaert. We should have more of them. I want you to make as many new wrods as possible. And I'm going to tell you six ways that you can use to make new words in English.

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Now, sometimes people use this kind of rules-based grammar to discourage people from making up words. And I think that is, well, ______. So, for example, people are always _______ you, "Be creative, make new music, do art, ______ things, science and technology." But when it comes to words, they're like, "Don't! No. Creativity stops right here, whippersnappers. Give it a rest." (Laughter) But that makes no sense to me. Words are _____. We should have more of them. I want you to make as many new _____ as possible. And I'm going to tell you six ways that you can use to make new words in English.

Solution

  1. telling
  2. great
  3. stupid
  4. words
  5. invent

Original Text

Now, sometimes people use this kind of rules-based grammar to discourage people from making up words. And I think that is, well, stupid. So, for example, people are always telling you, "Be creative, make new music, do art, invent things, science and technology." But when it comes to words, they're like, "Don't! No. Creativity stops right here, whippersnappers. Give it a rest." (Laughter) But that makes no sense to me. Words are great. We should have more of them. I want you to make as many new words as possible. And I'm going to tell you six ways that you can use to make new words in English.

Important Words

  1. art
  2. creative
  3. creativity
  4. discourage
  5. english
  6. give
  7. grammar
  8. great
  9. invent
  10. kind
  11. laughter
  12. making
  13. music
  14. people
  15. rest
  16. science
  17. sense
  18. stops
  19. stupid
  20. technology
  21. telling
  22. ways
  23. whippersnappers
  24. words