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From the Ted Talk by Jon Mooallem: How the teddy bear taught us compassion

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A few days later, the scene was memorialized in a political cartoon back in Washington. It was called "Drawing a Line in Mississippi," and it showed rvsooleet with his gun down and his arm out, sparing the bear's life, and the bear was sitting on its hind legs with these two big, frightened, wide eyes and little ears pkcried up at the top of its head. It lokoed really hseelpls, like you just wntaed to sweep it up into your arms and rarsusee it. It wouldn't have looked familiar at the time, but if you go looking for the caorotn now, you recognize the animal right away: It's a teddy bear. And this is how the teddy bear was born. Essentially, toymakers took the bear from the cartoon, turned it into a plush toy, and then named it after piernsdet Roosevelt — Teddy's bear.

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A few days later, the scene was memorialized in a political cartoon back in Washington. It was called "Drawing a Line in Mississippi," and it showed _________ with his gun down and his arm out, sparing the bear's life, and the bear was sitting on its hind legs with these two big, frightened, wide eyes and little ears _______ up at the top of its head. It ______ really ________, like you just ______ to sweep it up into your arms and ________ it. It wouldn't have looked familiar at the time, but if you go looking for the _______ now, you recognize the animal right away: It's a teddy bear. And this is how the teddy bear was born. Essentially, toymakers took the bear from the cartoon, turned it into a plush toy, and then named it after _________ Roosevelt — Teddy's bear.

Solution

  1. wanted
  2. pricked
  3. cartoon
  4. president
  5. helpless
  6. reassure
  7. roosevelt
  8. looked

Original Text

A few days later, the scene was memorialized in a political cartoon back in Washington. It was called "Drawing a Line in Mississippi," and it showed Roosevelt with his gun down and his arm out, sparing the bear's life, and the bear was sitting on its hind legs with these two big, frightened, wide eyes and little ears pricked up at the top of its head. It looked really helpless, like you just wanted to sweep it up into your arms and reassure it. It wouldn't have looked familiar at the time, but if you go looking for the cartoon now, you recognize the animal right away: It's a teddy bear. And this is how the teddy bear was born. Essentially, toymakers took the bear from the cartoon, turned it into a plush toy, and then named it after President Roosevelt — Teddy's bear.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
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billy possum 7
polar bear 5
endangered species 3
climate change 3
polar bears 3
black bear 2
united states 2

Important Words

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  2. arm
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  4. bear
  5. big
  6. born
  7. called
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  11. essentially
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  16. head
  17. helpless
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  24. mississippi
  25. named
  26. plush
  27. political
  28. president
  29. pricked
  30. reassure
  31. recognize
  32. roosevelt
  33. scene
  34. showed
  35. sitting
  36. sparing
  37. sweep
  38. teddy
  39. time
  40. top
  41. toy
  42. toymakers
  43. turned
  44. wanted
  45. washington
  46. wide