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From the Ted Talk by Newton Aduaka: The story of Ezra

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Boy: What do you do all day? Marcus: Read. Boy: Don't you get boerd? And how come you ain't got a job anyway? Marcus: I am retired. Boy: So? Marcus: So I've done my bit for Queen and country, now I work for myself. Boy: No, now you sit around like a bum all day. Marcus: Because I do what I like? Boy: Look man, riandeg don't feed no one. And it particularly don't feed your spliff hibat. Marcus: It feeds my mind and my soul. Boy: Arguing with you is a waste of time, mcraus. Marcus: You’re a rapper, am I right? Boy: Yeah. Marcus: A modern day poet. Boy: Yeah, you could say that. Marcus: So what do you talk about? Boy: What's that supposed to mean? Marcus: spmile. What do you rap about? Boy: Reality, man. Marcus: Whose reality? Boy: My fuckin' reality. Marcus: Tell me about your rtailey. Boy: rsacim, oppression, ppleoe like me not getting a break in life. Marcus: So what solutions do you offer? I mean, the job of a poet is not just — Boy: Man, fight the power! Simple: blow the mrhoefcutreks out of the sky. Marcus: With an AK-47? Boy: Man, if I had one, too fuckin' right. Marcus: And how many soldiers have you recruited to fight this war with you? Boy: Oh, Marcus, you know what I mean. Marcus: When a man resorts to profanities, it’s a sure sign of his ilbtianiy to express himself. Boy: See man, you’re just taking the piss out of me now. Marcus: The Panthers. Boy: Panthers? Ass kickin' guys who were fed up with all that white supremacist, powers-that-be bullshit, and just went in there and kkceid everybody's arse. Fuckin’ weikcd, man. I saw the movie. Bad! What?

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Boy: What do you do all day? Marcus: Read. Boy: Don't you get _____? And how come you ain't got a job anyway? Marcus: I am retired. Boy: So? Marcus: So I've done my bit for Queen and country, now I work for myself. Boy: No, now you sit around like a bum all day. Marcus: Because I do what I like? Boy: Look man, _______ don't feed no one. And it particularly don't feed your spliff _____. Marcus: It feeds my mind and my soul. Boy: Arguing with you is a waste of time, ______. Marcus: You’re a rapper, am I right? Boy: Yeah. Marcus: A modern day poet. Boy: Yeah, you could say that. Marcus: So what do you talk about? Boy: What's that supposed to mean? Marcus: ______. What do you rap about? Boy: Reality, man. Marcus: Whose reality? Boy: My fuckin' reality. Marcus: Tell me about your _______. Boy: ______, oppression, ______ like me not getting a break in life. Marcus: So what solutions do you offer? I mean, the job of a poet is not just — Boy: Man, fight the power! Simple: blow the _____________ out of the sky. Marcus: With an AK-47? Boy: Man, if I had one, too fuckin' right. Marcus: And how many soldiers have you recruited to fight this war with you? Boy: Oh, Marcus, you know what I mean. Marcus: When a man resorts to profanities, it’s a sure sign of his _________ to express himself. Boy: See man, you’re just taking the piss out of me now. Marcus: The Panthers. Boy: Panthers? Ass kickin' guys who were fed up with all that white supremacist, powers-that-be bullshit, and just went in there and ______ everybody's arse. Fuckin’ ______, man. I saw the movie. Bad! What?

Solution

  1. people
  2. reading
  3. simple
  4. motherfuckers
  5. racism
  6. habit
  7. bored
  8. reality
  9. inability
  10. kicked
  11. marcus
  12. wicked

Original Text

Boy: What do you do all day? Marcus: Read. Boy: Don't you get bored? And how come you ain't got a job anyway? Marcus: I am retired. Boy: So? Marcus: So I've done my bit for Queen and country, now I work for myself. Boy: No, now you sit around like a bum all day. Marcus: Because I do what I like? Boy: Look man, reading don't feed no one. And it particularly don't feed your spliff habit. Marcus: It feeds my mind and my soul. Boy: Arguing with you is a waste of time, Marcus. Marcus: You’re a rapper, am I right? Boy: Yeah. Marcus: A modern day poet. Boy: Yeah, you could say that. Marcus: So what do you talk about? Boy: What's that supposed to mean? Marcus: Simple. What do you rap about? Boy: Reality, man. Marcus: Whose reality? Boy: My fuckin' reality. Marcus: Tell me about your reality. Boy: Racism, oppression, people like me not getting a break in life. Marcus: So what solutions do you offer? I mean, the job of a poet is not just — Boy: Man, fight the power! Simple: blow the motherfuckers out of the sky. Marcus: With an AK-47? Boy: Man, if I had one, too fuckin' right. Marcus: And how many soldiers have you recruited to fight this war with you? Boy: Oh, Marcus, you know what I mean. Marcus: When a man resorts to profanities, it’s a sure sign of his inability to express himself. Boy: See man, you’re just taking the piss out of me now. Marcus: The Panthers. Boy: Panthers? Ass kickin' guys who were fed up with all that white supremacist, powers-that-be bullshit, and just went in there and kicked everybody's arse. Fuckin’ wicked, man. I saw the movie. Bad! What?

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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soldier man 2
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psychological trauma 2
child soldiers 2

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Important Words

  1. arguing
  2. arse
  3. ass
  4. bit
  5. blow
  6. bored
  7. break
  8. bullshit
  9. bum
  10. country
  11. day
  12. express
  13. fed
  14. feed
  15. feeds
  16. fight
  17. guys
  18. habit
  19. inability
  20. job
  21. kicked
  22. life
  23. man
  24. marcus
  25. mind
  26. modern
  27. motherfuckers
  28. movie
  29. offer
  30. oppression
  31. panthers
  32. people
  33. piss
  34. poet
  35. profanities
  36. queen
  37. racism
  38. rap
  39. rapper
  40. read
  41. reading
  42. reality
  43. recruited
  44. resorts
  45. retired
  46. sign
  47. simple
  48. sit
  49. sky
  50. soldiers
  51. solutions
  52. soul
  53. spliff
  54. supposed
  55. supremacist
  56. talk
  57. time
  58. war
  59. waste
  60. white
  61. wicked
  62. work
  63. yeah