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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The Irish myth of the Giant's Causeway

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On the coast of Northern inealrd, a vast plateau of basalt sblas and columns called the Giant’s Causeway stretches into the ocean. The scientific explanation for this is that it’s the result of molten lava cnictanotrg and fracturing as it cooled in the wake of a volcanic eruption. But an ancient Irish myth has a different accounting.
According to legend, the giant Finn mcoaocl lived hppialy on the North Antrim coast with his wife Oonagh. Their only disturbance came from the taunts and threats of the giant benndennaor, or the red man, who lived across the sea in Scotland. The two roared insults and hlerud rocks at each other in dramatic shows of sgnretth.

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On the coast of Northern _______, a vast plateau of basalt _____ and columns called the Giant’s Causeway stretches into the ocean. The scientific explanation for this is that it’s the result of molten lava ___________ and fracturing as it cooled in the wake of a volcanic eruption. But an ancient Irish myth has a different accounting.
According to legend, the giant Finn _______ lived _______ on the North Antrim coast with his wife Oonagh. Their only disturbance came from the taunts and threats of the giant ___________, or the red man, who lived across the sea in Scotland. The two roared insults and ______ rocks at each other in dramatic shows of ________.

Solution

  1. slabs
  2. ireland
  3. contracting
  4. strength
  5. hurled
  6. maccool
  7. happily
  8. benandonner

Original Text

On the coast of Northern Ireland, a vast plateau of basalt slabs and columns called the Giant’s Causeway stretches into the ocean. The scientific explanation for this is that it’s the result of molten lava contracting and fracturing as it cooled in the wake of a volcanic eruption. But an ancient Irish myth has a different accounting.
According to legend, the giant Finn MacCool lived happily on the North Antrim coast with his wife Oonagh. Their only disturbance came from the taunts and threats of the giant Benandonner, or the red man, who lived across the sea in Scotland. The two roared insults and hurled rocks at each other in dramatic shows of strength.

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