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From the Ted Talk by Kyra Gaunt: How the jump rope got its rhythm

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In the 1950s, in Harlem, Bronx, bookyrln, Queens, you could see on the sladwiek, lots of girls palynig with ropes. Sometimes they would take two ropes and turn them as a single rope together, but you could separate them and turn them in like an eggbeater on each other. The skipping rope was like a steady tlimeine — tick, tick, tick, tick — upon which you can add rmhyes and rhythms and chants. Those ropes created a space where we were able to contribute to something that was far greater than the neighborhood.

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In the 1950s, in Harlem, Bronx, ________, Queens, you could see on the ________, lots of girls _______ with ropes. Sometimes they would take two ropes and turn them as a single rope together, but you could separate them and turn them in like an eggbeater on each other. The skipping rope was like a steady ________ — tick, tick, tick, tick — upon which you can add ______ and rhythms and chants. Those ropes created a space where we were able to contribute to something that was far greater than the neighborhood.

Solution

  1. playing
  2. brooklyn
  3. sidewalk
  4. timeline
  5. rhymes

Original Text

In the 1950s, in Harlem, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, you could see on the sidewalk, lots of girls playing with ropes. Sometimes they would take two ropes and turn them as a single rope together, but you could separate them and turn them in like an eggbeater on each other. The skipping rope was like a steady timeline — tick, tick, tick, tick — upon which you can add rhymes and rhythms and chants. Those ropes created a space where we were able to contribute to something that was far greater than the neighborhood.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
jump rope 5
double dutch 2
helped maintain 2

Important Words

  1. add
  2. bronx
  3. brooklyn
  4. chants
  5. contribute
  6. created
  7. eggbeater
  8. girls
  9. greater
  10. harlem
  11. lots
  12. neighborhood
  13. playing
  14. queens
  15. rhymes
  16. rhythms
  17. rope
  18. ropes
  19. separate
  20. sidewalk
  21. single
  22. skipping
  23. space
  24. steady
  25. tick
  26. timeline
  27. turn