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"From the Ted Talk by Anne Curzan: What makes a word "real"?"

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Think about the word "peruse" and how you use that word. I would guess many of you are thinking of skim, scan, raideng quickly. Some of you may even have some walking involved, because you're perusing groecry store sevhels, or something like that. You might be surprised to learn that if you look in most standard dictionaries, the first definition will be to read carefully, or pore over. American Heritage has that as the first definition. They then have, as the second definition, skim, and next to that, they say "usage problem." (Laughter) And then they iducnle a uasge note, which is worth looking at.

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Think about the word "peruse" and how you use that word. I would guess many of you are thinking of skim, scan, _______ quickly. Some of you may even have some walking involved, because you're perusing _______ store _______, or something like that. You might be surprised to learn that if you look in most standard dictionaries, the first definition will be to read carefully, or pore over. American Heritage has that as the first definition. They then have, as the second definition, skim, and next to that, they say "usage problem." (Laughter) And then they _______ a _____ note, which is worth looking at.

Solution

  1. shelves
  2. grocery
  3. reading
  4. include
  5. usage

Original Text

Think about the word "peruse" and how you use that word. I would guess many of you are thinking of skim, scan, reading quickly. Some of you may even have some walking involved, because you're perusing grocery store shelves, or something like that. You might be surprised to learn that if you look in most standard dictionaries, the first definition will be to read carefully, or pore over. American Heritage has that as the first definition. They then have, as the second definition, skim, and next to that, they say "usage problem." (Laughter) And then they include a usage note, which is worth looking at.

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collocation frequency
english language 7
dictionary editors 7
usage panel 5
usage note 3
language change 3
usage notes 3
american heritage 3

Important Words

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  3. definition
  4. dictionaries
  5. grocery
  6. guess
  7. heritage
  8. include
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  12. note
  13. perusing
  14. pore
  15. problem
  16. quickly
  17. read
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  19. scan
  20. shelves
  21. skim
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  26. usage
  27. walking
  28. word
  29. worth