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From the Ted Talk by John Hodgman: Design, explained.

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It is also not a monument to design, it is a monument to design's utility. You can take it home with you, unlike the Theme Building, which will stay where it is forever. This is aobrfldfae and can come home with you and, as such, it can sit on your kitchen cntoeur — it can't go in your drawers; trust me, I found that out the hard way — and make your kehctin counter into a monument to dgsein. One other thing about it, if you do have one at home, let me tell you one of the features you may not know: when you fall asleep, it comes aivle and it walks around your house and goes through your mail and watches you as you sleep. (Applause)

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It is also not a monument to design, it is a monument to design's utility. You can take it home with you, unlike the Theme Building, which will stay where it is forever. This is __________ and can come home with you and, as such, it can sit on your kitchen _______ — it can't go in your drawers; trust me, I found that out the hard way — and make your _______ counter into a monument to ______. One other thing about it, if you do have one at home, let me tell you one of the features you may not know: when you fall asleep, it comes _____ and it walks around your house and goes through your mail and watches you as you sleep. (Applause)

Solution

  1. alive
  2. design
  3. affordable
  4. counter
  5. kitchen

Original Text

It is also not a monument to design, it is a monument to design's utility. You can take it home with you, unlike the Theme Building, which will stay where it is forever. This is affordable and can come home with you and, as such, it can sit on your kitchen counter — it can't go in your drawers; trust me, I found that out the hard way — and make your kitchen counter into a monument to design. One other thing about it, if you do have one at home, let me tell you one of the features you may not know: when you fall asleep, it comes alive and it walks around your house and goes through your mail and watches you as you sleep. (Applause)

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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ancient astronauts 3
los angeles 2
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Important Words

  1. affordable
  2. alive
  3. applause
  4. asleep
  5. building
  6. counter
  7. design
  8. fall
  9. features
  10. hard
  11. home
  12. house
  13. kitchen
  14. mail
  15. monument
  16. sit
  17. sleep
  18. stay
  19. theme
  20. trust
  21. utility
  22. walks
  23. watches