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"From the Ted Talk by Erin McKean: The joy of lexicography"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And there's this guy, Mike Oates. Mike Oates lveis in the U.K. He's a diteorcr of an electroplating company. He's found more than 140 comets. He's found so many comets, they named a comet after him. It's kind of out past Mars. It's a hike. I don't think he's getting his picture taken there atyimne soon. But he found 140 comets without a telescope. He downloaded data from the NASA SOHO slttileae, and that's how he found them. If we can find comets without a telescope, shouldn't we be able to find wdors?

Open Cloze

And there's this guy, Mike Oates. Mike Oates _____ in the U.K. He's a ________ of an electroplating company. He's found more than 140 comets. He's found so many comets, they named a comet after him. It's kind of out past Mars. It's a hike. I don't think he's getting his picture taken there _______ soon. But he found 140 comets without a telescope. He downloaded data from the NASA SOHO _________, and that's how he found them. If we can find comets without a telescope, shouldn't we be able to find _____?

Solution

  1. lives
  2. words
  3. satellite
  4. anytime
  5. director

Original Text

And there's this guy, Mike Oates. Mike Oates lives in the U.K. He's a director of an electroplating company. He's found more than 140 comets. He's found so many comets, they named a comet after him. It's kind of out past Mars. It's a hike. I don't think he's getting his picture taken there anytime soon. But he found 140 comets without a telescope. He downloaded data from the NASA SOHO satellite, and that's how he found them. If we can find comets without a telescope, shouldn't we be able to find words?

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
online dictionaries 5
ham butt 5
traffic cop 4
butt problem 4
bad words 3
english language 3
paper dictionaries 3
rocket science 3
american english 3

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
ham butt problem 4

Important Words

  1. anytime
  2. comet
  3. comets
  4. company
  5. data
  6. director
  7. downloaded
  8. electroplating
  9. find
  10. guy
  11. hike
  12. kind
  13. lives
  14. mars
  15. mike
  16. named
  17. nasa
  18. oates
  19. picture
  20. satellite
  21. soho
  22. telescope
  23. words