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From the Ted Talk by Jill Shargaa: Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome'

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Sadly, the frequent overuse of the word "awesome" has now replaced wdros like "great" and "thank you." So Webster's dictionary defines the word "awesome" as fear mingled with admiration or reverence, a feeling porucded by something majestic. Now, with that in mind, was your Quiznos sandwich awesome? How about that parking space? Was that awesome? Or that game the other day? Was that awesome? The answer is no, no and no. A sandwich can be deiucilos, that parking space can be narbey, and that game can be a blowout, but not everything can be awesome. (luahetgr)

Open Cloze

Sadly, the frequent overuse of the word "awesome" has now replaced _____ like "great" and "thank you." So Webster's dictionary defines the word "awesome" as fear mingled with admiration or reverence, a feeling ________ by something majestic. Now, with that in mind, was your Quiznos sandwich awesome? How about that parking space? Was that awesome? Or that game the other day? Was that awesome? The answer is no, no and no. A sandwich can be _________, that parking space can be ______, and that game can be a blowout, but not everything can be awesome. (________)

Solution

  1. produced
  2. words
  3. nearby
  4. delicious
  5. laughter

Original Text

Sadly, the frequent overuse of the word "awesome" has now replaced words like "great" and "thank you." So Webster's dictionary defines the word "awesome" as fear mingled with admiration or reverence, a feeling produced by something majestic. Now, with that in mind, was your Quiznos sandwich awesome? How about that parking space? Was that awesome? Or that game the other day? Was that awesome? The answer is no, no and no. A sandwich can be delicious, that parking space can be nearby, and that game can be a blowout, but not everything can be awesome. (Laughter)

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
grand canyon 3
great pyramids 2

Important Words

  1. admiration
  2. answer
  3. awesome
  4. blowout
  5. day
  6. defines
  7. delicious
  8. dictionary
  9. fear
  10. feeling
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  13. laughter
  14. majestic
  15. mind
  16. mingled
  17. nearby
  18. overuse
  19. parking
  20. produced
  21. quiznos
  22. replaced
  23. reverence
  24. sadly
  25. sandwich
  26. space
  27. word
  28. words