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From the Ted Talk by Virginia Postrel: On glamour

Unscramble the Blue Letters

A magazine? Well, it's certainly not this one. This is the least goomruals magazine on the newsstand — it's all about sex tips. Sex tips are not glamorous. And Drew Barrymore, for all her wonderful carhm, is not glamorous either. But there is a glamour of industry. This is Margaret Bourke-White's — one of her pictures she did. Fantastic, glamorous pictures of steel mills and paper mills and all knids of glamorous istiurndal places. And there's the mythic glamour of the garage entrepreneur. This is the Hewlett-Packard garage. We know everyone who starts a business in a gagare ends up founding Hewlett-Packard. There's the glamour of physics. What could be more glamorous than uinnntsarddeg the entire universe, grand uiaioctnfin? And, by the way, it helps if you're Brian geenre — he has other kinds of glamour.

Open Cloze

A magazine? Well, it's certainly not this one. This is the least _________ magazine on the newsstand — it's all about sex tips. Sex tips are not glamorous. And Drew Barrymore, for all her wonderful _____, is not glamorous either. But there is a glamour of industry. This is Margaret Bourke-White's — one of her pictures she did. Fantastic, glamorous pictures of steel mills and paper mills and all _____ of glamorous __________ places. And there's the mythic glamour of the garage entrepreneur. This is the Hewlett-Packard garage. We know everyone who starts a business in a ______ ends up founding Hewlett-Packard. There's the glamour of physics. What could be more glamorous than _____________ the entire universe, grand ___________? And, by the way, it helps if you're Brian ______ — he has other kinds of glamour.

Solution

  1. understanding
  2. glamorous
  3. unification
  4. kinds
  5. industrial
  6. charm
  7. garage
  8. greene

Original Text

A magazine? Well, it's certainly not this one. This is the least glamorous magazine on the newsstand — it's all about sex tips. Sex tips are not glamorous. And Drew Barrymore, for all her wonderful charm, is not glamorous either. But there is a glamour of industry. This is Margaret Bourke-White's — one of her pictures she did. Fantastic, glamorous pictures of steel mills and paper mills and all kinds of glamorous industrial places. And there's the mythic glamour of the garage entrepreneur. This is the Hewlett-Packard garage. We know everyone who starts a business in a garage ends up founding Hewlett-Packard. There's the glamour of physics. What could be more glamorous than understanding the entire universe, grand unification? And, by the way, it helps if you're Brian Greene — he has other kinds of glamour.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. barrymore
  2. brian
  3. business
  4. charm
  5. drew
  6. ends
  7. entire
  8. entrepreneur
  9. fantastic
  10. founding
  11. garage
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  15. greene
  16. helps
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  21. margaret
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  26. physics
  27. pictures
  28. places
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  31. steel
  32. tips
  33. understanding
  34. unification
  35. universe
  36. wonderful