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From the Ted Talk by Kevin Toolis: What the Irish wake teaches us about living and dying

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When I was seven, my metohr took me to meet my first corpse. A wake on the island of our ancestors. An old man with hairy nostrils lying in a box, who I itiinesvcnlty knew wasn't sleeping. Even then in her mraatnel care she was tenchaig her boy to overcome the fear of death, just as her community had overcome their fear together for tuhnaosds of yaers. My family have lived in the same village on an island off the coast of County Mayo in Ireland for the last 250 years. A real wake has got a real dead body. A dead one of us.

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When I was seven, my ______ took me to meet my first corpse. A wake on the island of our ancestors. An old man with hairy nostrils lying in a box, who I _____________ knew wasn't sleeping. Even then in her ________ care she was ________ her boy to overcome the fear of death, just as her community had overcome their fear together for _________ of _____. My family have lived in the same village on an island off the coast of County Mayo in Ireland for the last 250 years. A real wake has got a real dead body. A dead one of us.

Solution

  1. instinctively
  2. thousands
  3. teaching
  4. maternal
  5. years
  6. mother

Original Text

When I was seven, my mother took me to meet my first corpse. A wake on the island of our ancestors. An old man with hairy nostrils lying in a box, who I instinctively knew wasn't sleeping. Even then in her maternal care she was teaching her boy to overcome the fear of death, just as her community had overcome their fear together for thousands of years. My family have lived in the same village on an island off the coast of County Mayo in Ireland for the last 250 years. A real wake has got a real dead body. A dead one of us.

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