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From the Ted Talk by George Zaidan: The bug that poops candy

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To feed, Mabel uses her stylet, which is a long, flexible needle. She slowly worms it into the tissue, between the plant’s cells, until she peirces one of those sieve tubes. Because the sap is under so much pressure, mbael doesn’t even have to suck it out of the pnalt. She just opens a valve in her head and lets the pressure push the sap through her digestive system. We’ll come back to what comes out of her butt, but for now, you should know that plants don’t want to be prutenucd and sppied. So they try to defend themselves.

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To feed, Mabel uses her stylet, which is a long, flexible needle. She slowly worms it into the tissue, between the plant’s cells, until she _______ one of those sieve tubes. Because the sap is under so much pressure, _____ doesn’t even have to suck it out of the _____. She just opens a valve in her head and lets the pressure push the sap through her digestive system. We’ll come back to what comes out of her butt, but for now, you should know that plants don’t want to be _________ and ______. So they try to defend themselves.

Solution

  1. plant
  2. punctured
  3. sipped
  4. pierces
  5. mabel

Original Text

To feed, Mabel uses her stylet, which is a long, flexible needle. She slowly worms it into the tissue, between the plant’s cells, until she pierces one of those sieve tubes. Because the sap is under so much pressure, Mabel doesn’t even have to suck it out of the plant. She just opens a valve in her head and lets the pressure push the sap through her digestive system. We’ll come back to what comes out of her butt, but for now, you should know that plants don’t want to be punctured and sipped. So they try to defend themselves.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
sieve tubes 3
lay eggs 2
aphid poop 2

Important Words

  1. butt
  2. cells
  3. defend
  4. digestive
  5. feed
  6. flexible
  7. head
  8. lets
  9. long
  10. mabel
  11. needle
  12. opens
  13. pierces
  14. plant
  15. plants
  16. pressure
  17. punctured
  18. push
  19. sap
  20. sieve
  21. sipped
  22. slowly
  23. stylet
  24. suck
  25. system
  26. tissue
  27. tubes
  28. valve
  29. worms