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From the Ted Talk by Lakshmi Pratury: The lost art of letter-writing

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I'd like to end with a few verses of what I wrote at my father's cremation. And those linguists, please paodrn the grammar, because I've not looked at it in the last 10 years. I took it out for the first time to come here. "Picture in a frame, ashes in a bottle, boundless energy confined in the bottle, fnicrog me to deal with reality, forcing me to deal with being gworn up. I hear you and I know that you would want me to be strong, but right now, I am being sucked down, surrounded and sfcfuaeotd by these raging emotional waters, cnvraig to cleanse my soul, trying to emerge on a firm footing one more time, to keep on fighting and flourishing just as you taught me. Your encouraging wepsrihs in my whirlpool of daespir, hinodlg me and heaving me to shores of sanity, to live again and to love again." Thank you.

Open Cloze

I'd like to end with a few verses of what I wrote at my father's cremation. And those linguists, please ______ the grammar, because I've not looked at it in the last 10 years. I took it out for the first time to come here. "Picture in a frame, ashes in a bottle, boundless energy confined in the bottle, _______ me to deal with reality, forcing me to deal with being _____ up. I hear you and I know that you would want me to be strong, but right now, I am being sucked down, surrounded and __________ by these raging emotional waters, _______ to cleanse my soul, trying to emerge on a firm footing one more time, to keep on fighting and flourishing just as you taught me. Your encouraging ________ in my whirlpool of _______, _______ me and heaving me to shores of sanity, to live again and to love again." Thank you.

Solution

  1. forcing
  2. holding
  3. suffocated
  4. craving
  5. grown
  6. despair
  7. whispers
  8. pardon

Original Text

I'd like to end with a few verses of what I wrote at my father's cremation. And those linguists, please pardon the grammar, because I've not looked at it in the last 10 years. I took it out for the first time to come here. "Picture in a frame, ashes in a bottle, boundless energy confined in the bottle, forcing me to deal with reality, forcing me to deal with being grown up. I hear you and I know that you would want me to be strong, but right now, I am being sucked down, surrounded and suffocated by these raging emotional waters, craving to cleanse my soul, trying to emerge on a firm footing one more time, to keep on fighting and flourishing just as you taught me. Your encouraging whispers in my whirlpool of despair, holding me and heaving me to shores of sanity, to live again and to love again." Thank you.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

Important Words

  1. ashes
  2. bottle
  3. boundless
  4. cleanse
  5. confined
  6. craving
  7. cremation
  8. deal
  9. despair
  10. emerge
  11. emotional
  12. encouraging
  13. energy
  14. fighting
  15. firm
  16. flourishing
  17. footing
  18. forcing
  19. frame
  20. grammar
  21. grown
  22. hear
  23. heaving
  24. holding
  25. linguists
  26. live
  27. looked
  28. love
  29. pardon
  30. raging
  31. reality
  32. sanity
  33. shores
  34. soul
  35. strong
  36. sucked
  37. suffocated
  38. surrounded
  39. taught
  40. time
  41. verses
  42. waters
  43. whirlpool
  44. whispers
  45. wrote
  46. years