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From the Ted Talk by Sarah Kaminsky: My father the forger

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There was, however, an iidnnect I'm going to tell you about, that perhaps could have led me suspect something. I was in high school and got a bad grade, a rare event for me, so I decided to hide it from my parents. In order to do that, I set out to forge their signature. I staretd working on my mother's signature, because my father's is absolutely impossible to forge. So, I got working. I took some sheets of paper and started practicing, practicing, practicing, until I reached what I thought was a steady hand, and went into action. Later, while checking my school bag, my mehotr got hold of my school assignment and immediately saw that the signature was forged. She yleled at me like she never had before. I went to hide in my bedroom, under the blankets, and then I waited for my fhtear to come back from work with, one could say, much aepponsierhn. I heard him come in. I remained under the bektlans. He erteend my room, sat on the corner of the bed, and he was silent, so I pulled the blanket from my head, and when he saw me he started laughing. He was laughing so hard, he could not stop and he was holding my assignment in his hand. Then he said, "But really, saarh, you could have worked harder! Can't you see it's really too small?" Indeed, it's rather slaml.

Open Cloze

There was, however, an ________ I'm going to tell you about, that perhaps could have led me suspect something. I was in high school and got a bad grade, a rare event for me, so I decided to hide it from my parents. In order to do that, I set out to forge their signature. I _______ working on my mother's signature, because my father's is absolutely impossible to forge. So, I got working. I took some sheets of paper and started practicing, practicing, practicing, until I reached what I thought was a steady hand, and went into action. Later, while checking my school bag, my ______ got hold of my school assignment and immediately saw that the signature was forged. She ______ at me like she never had before. I went to hide in my bedroom, under the blankets, and then I waited for my ______ to come back from work with, one could say, much ____________. I heard him come in. I remained under the ________. He _______ my room, sat on the corner of the bed, and he was silent, so I pulled the blanket from my head, and when he saw me he started laughing. He was laughing so hard, he could not stop and he was holding my assignment in his hand. Then he said, "But really, _____, you could have worked harder! Can't you see it's really too small?" Indeed, it's rather _____.

Solution

  1. incident
  2. entered
  3. sarah
  4. small
  5. mother
  6. yelled
  7. father
  8. blankets
  9. started
  10. apprehension

Original Text

There was, however, an incident I'm going to tell you about, that perhaps could have led me suspect something. I was in high school and got a bad grade, a rare event for me, so I decided to hide it from my parents. In order to do that, I set out to forge their signature. I started working on my mother's signature, because my father's is absolutely impossible to forge. So, I got working. I took some sheets of paper and started practicing, practicing, practicing, until I reached what I thought was a steady hand, and went into action. Later, while checking my school bag, my mother got hold of my school assignment and immediately saw that the signature was forged. She yelled at me like she never had before. I went to hide in my bedroom, under the blankets, and then I waited for my father to come back from work with, one could say, much apprehension. I heard him come in. I remained under the blankets. He entered my room, sat on the corner of the bed, and he was silent, so I pulled the blanket from my head, and when he saw me he started laughing. He was laughing so hard, he could not stop and he was holding my assignment in his hand. Then he said, "But really, Sarah, you could have worked harder! Can't you see it's really too small?" Indeed, it's rather small.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
false papers 14
forged documents 3
world war 2
years older 2
algerian war 2

Important Words

  1. absolutely
  2. action
  3. apprehension
  4. assignment
  5. bad
  6. bag
  7. bed
  8. bedroom
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  10. blankets
  11. checking
  12. corner
  13. decided
  14. entered
  15. event
  16. father
  17. forge
  18. forged
  19. grade
  20. hand
  21. hard
  22. head
  23. heard
  24. hide
  25. high
  26. hold
  27. holding
  28. immediately
  29. impossible
  30. incident
  31. laughing
  32. led
  33. mother
  34. order
  35. paper
  36. parents
  37. practicing
  38. pulled
  39. rare
  40. reached
  41. remained
  42. room
  43. sarah
  44. sat
  45. school
  46. set
  47. sheets
  48. signature
  49. silent
  50. small
  51. started
  52. steady
  53. stop
  54. suspect
  55. thought
  56. waited
  57. work
  58. worked
  59. working
  60. yelled