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From the Ted Talk by Javed Akhtar: The gift of words

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And I have come to believe that with time, these words have become like human bignes. A man is known by the company he keeps. Similarly, with words, what is the company it has been keienpg? What are the other words being used with it? For an average noun or an average verb, an average mind can quickly create reference. Where did they hear it? See it? What does it remind them of? What is its connection? When was it last used in civeorntsoan? What has been my eexrpcinee with it? A host of mmoeiers appear when you hear a word you remember. And a good writer or orator is one who knows that when he uses a certain word, an average mind will associate it with a certain reeefrcne, specific memories will be evkeod. Then he can create a world around a word.

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And I have come to believe that with time, these words have become like human ______. A man is known by the company he keeps. Similarly, with words, what is the company it has been _______? What are the other words being used with it? For an average noun or an average verb, an average mind can quickly create reference. Where did they hear it? See it? What does it remind them of? What is its connection? When was it last used in ____________? What has been my __________ with it? A host of ________ appear when you hear a word you remember. And a good writer or orator is one who knows that when he uses a certain word, an average mind will associate it with a certain _________, specific memories will be ______. Then he can create a world around a word.

Solution

  1. keeping
  2. memories
  3. beings
  4. conversation
  5. reference
  6. experience
  7. evoked

Original Text

And I have come to believe that with time, these words have become like human beings. A man is known by the company he keeps. Similarly, with words, what is the company it has been keeping? What are the other words being used with it? For an average noun or an average verb, an average mind can quickly create reference. Where did they hear it? See it? What does it remind them of? What is its connection? When was it last used in conversation? What has been my experience with it? A host of memories appear when you hear a word you remember. And a good writer or orator is one who knows that when he uses a certain word, an average mind will associate it with a certain reference, specific memories will be evoked. Then he can create a world around a word.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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javed sahab 4
javed akhtar 3
akhtar sahab 3
shah rukh 2
average mind 2
kuch hota 2

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javed akhtar sahab 3

Important Words

  1. associate
  2. average
  3. beings
  4. company
  5. connection
  6. conversation
  7. create
  8. evoked
  9. experience
  10. good
  11. hear
  12. host
  13. human
  14. keeping
  15. man
  16. memories
  17. mind
  18. noun
  19. orator
  20. quickly
  21. reference
  22. remember
  23. remind
  24. similarly
  25. specific
  26. time
  27. verb
  28. word
  29. words
  30. world
  31. writer