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From the Ted Talk by Paula Scher: Great design is serious, not solemn

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Be serious, it says. What it means, of course, is, be solemn. Being solemn is easy. Being serious is hard. Children almost always begin by being serious, which is what makes them so entertaining when compared with adults as a class. adluts, on the whole, are solemn. In politics, the rare candidate who is serious, like aadli Stevenson, is easily overwhelmed by one who is solemn, like eseeiwohnr. That's because it is hard for most people to recognize seeionssurs, which is rare, but more coorbmlafte to endorse solemnity, which is commonplace. jgoigng, which is commonplace, and widely accepted as good for you, is smloen. Poker is serious. Washington, D.C. is solemn. New York is serious. Going to eutcadaoinl conferences to tell you anything about the future is solemn. Taking a long walk by yourself, during which you devise a foolproof scheme for robbing Tiffany's, is serious.

Open Cloze

Be serious, it says. What it means, of course, is, be solemn. Being solemn is easy. Being serious is hard. Children almost always begin by being serious, which is what makes them so entertaining when compared with adults as a class. ______, on the whole, are solemn. In politics, the rare candidate who is serious, like _____ Stevenson, is easily overwhelmed by one who is solemn, like __________. That's because it is hard for most people to recognize ___________, which is rare, but more ___________ to endorse solemnity, which is commonplace. _______, which is commonplace, and widely accepted as good for you, is ______. Poker is serious. Washington, D.C. is solemn. New York is serious. Going to ___________ conferences to tell you anything about the future is solemn. Taking a long walk by yourself, during which you devise a foolproof scheme for robbing Tiffany's, is serious.

Solution

  1. seriousness
  2. jogging
  3. solemn
  4. educational
  5. comfortable
  6. eisenhower
  7. adults
  8. adlai

Original Text

Be serious, it says. What it means, of course, is, be solemn. Being solemn is easy. Being serious is hard. Children almost always begin by being serious, which is what makes them so entertaining when compared with adults as a class. Adults, on the whole, are solemn. In politics, the rare candidate who is serious, like Adlai Stevenson, is easily overwhelmed by one who is solemn, like Eisenhower. That's because it is hard for most people to recognize seriousness, which is rare, but more comfortable to endorse solemnity, which is commonplace. Jogging, which is commonplace, and widely accepted as good for you, is solemn. Poker is serious. Washington, D.C. is solemn. New York is serious. Going to educational conferences to tell you anything about the future is solemn. Taking a long walk by yourself, during which you devise a foolproof scheme for robbing Tiffany's, is serious.

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Important Words

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  33. seriousness
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  36. stevenson
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  38. washington
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  40. york