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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The myth of Ireland's two greatest warriors

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Cú Chulainn, hero of Ulster, stood at the ford at Cooley, ready to face an entire army singlehandedly— all for the sake of a single bull.
The army in question benolged to Queen Meadhbh of Connaught. Enraged at her husband’s possession of a white bull of aswemoe stregtnh, she had set out to capture the fabled brown bull of Ulster at any cost.
Unfortunately, the King of Ulster had chosen this moemnt to force the gdedsos Macha to race her chariot while pregnant. In retaliation, she struck down him and his eirnte army with stomach cramps that eerily rbeseemld childbirth— all except Cú cihualnn.

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Cú Chulainn, hero of Ulster, stood at the ford at Cooley, ready to face an entire army singlehandedly— all for the sake of a single bull.
The army in question ________ to Queen Meadhbh of Connaught. Enraged at her husband’s possession of a white bull of _______ ________, she had set out to capture the fabled brown bull of Ulster at any cost.
Unfortunately, the King of Ulster had chosen this ______ to force the _______ Macha to race her chariot while pregnant. In retaliation, she struck down him and his ______ army with stomach cramps that eerily _________ childbirth— all except Cú ________.

Solution

  1. resembled
  2. chulainn
  3. entire
  4. awesome
  5. moment
  6. goddess
  7. strength
  8. belonged

Original Text

Cú Chulainn, hero of Ulster, stood at the ford at Cooley, ready to face an entire army singlehandedly— all for the sake of a single bull.
The army in question belonged to Queen Meadhbh of Connaught. Enraged at her husband’s possession of a white bull of awesome strength, she had set out to capture the fabled brown bull of Ulster at any cost.
Unfortunately, the King of Ulster had chosen this moment to force the goddess Macha to race her chariot while pregnant. In retaliation, she struck down him and his entire army with stomach cramps that eerily resembled childbirth— all except Cú Chulainn.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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cú chulainn 8
brown bull 5
queen meadhbh 3
entire army 2
white bull 2
chulainn knew 2
knew ferdiad 2
cu chulainn 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
cú chulainn knew 2

Important Words

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  2. awesome
  3. belonged
  4. brown
  5. bull
  6. capture
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  23. king
  24. macha
  25. meadhbh
  26. moment
  27. possession
  28. pregnant
  29. queen
  30. question
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  33. resembled
  34. retaliation
  35. sake
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  37. single
  38. stomach
  39. stood
  40. strength
  41. struck
  42. ulster
  43. white