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From the Ted Talk by Jeffrey Kluger: The sibling bond

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Humans are no different from animals. After we are born, we do whatever we can to attract the attention of our parents, determining what our sorestngt selling pniots are and marketing them ferociously. Someone's the funny one, someone's the pretty one, someone's the athlete, someone's the smart one. Scientists call this "deidentification." If my older brother is a high-school football payelr — which, if you saw my older brteohr, you'd know he was not — I could become a high-school football player, too and get at most 50 percent of the applause in my flaimy for doing that. Or, I could become student ciucnol president or specialize in the arts and get 100 percent of the attention in that area.

Open Cloze

Humans are no different from animals. After we are born, we do whatever we can to attract the attention of our parents, determining what our _________ selling ______ are and marketing them ferociously. Someone's the funny one, someone's the pretty one, someone's the athlete, someone's the smart one. Scientists call this "deidentification." If my older brother is a high-school football ______ — which, if you saw my older _______, you'd know he was not — I could become a high-school football player, too and get at most 50 percent of the applause in my ______ for doing that. Or, I could become student _______ president or specialize in the arts and get 100 percent of the attention in that area.

Solution

  1. council
  2. brother
  3. points
  4. family
  5. strongest
  6. player

Original Text

Humans are no different from animals. After we are born, we do whatever we can to attract the attention of our parents, determining what our strongest selling points are and marketing them ferociously. Someone's the funny one, someone's the pretty one, someone's the athlete, someone's the smart one. Scientists call this "deidentification." If my older brother is a high-school football player — which, if you saw my older brother, you'd know he was not — I could become a high-school football player, too and get at most 50 percent of the applause in my family for doing that. Or, I could become student council president or specialize in the arts and get 100 percent of the attention in that area.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
sibling bond 3
good idea 2
saturday mornings 2
life siblings 2
mac os 2
common favorite 2
iq advantage 2
middle borns 2
small children 2
young daughters 2

Important Words

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  2. applause
  3. area
  4. arts
  5. athlete
  6. attention
  7. attract
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  9. brother
  10. call
  11. council
  12. determining
  13. family
  14. ferociously
  15. football
  16. funny
  17. humans
  18. marketing
  19. older
  20. parents
  21. percent
  22. player
  23. points
  24. president
  25. pretty
  26. scientists
  27. selling
  28. smart
  29. specialize
  30. strongest
  31. student