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"From the Ted Talk by Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex"

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In the old days, if you were rich, you literally had people working for you. That's how you got to be rich; you employed them. Louis XIV had a lot of people wiornkg for him. They made his silly outfits, like this, (Laughter) and they did his silly hilesaryts, or whatever. He had 498 people to prepare his dinner every nghit. But a modern tourist going around the palace of Versailles and looking at Louis XIV's pictures, he has 498 people doing his dinner tgnoiht too. They're in bistros and cafes and restaurants and shops all over prais, and they're all ready to serve you at an hour's notice with an elexlncet meal that's probably got hgiher quality than Louis XIV even had. And that's what we've done, because we're all working for each other. We're able to draw upon specialization and exchange to raise each other's linvig standards.

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In the old days, if you were rich, you literally had people working for you. That's how you got to be rich; you employed them. Louis XIV had a lot of people _______ for him. They made his silly outfits, like this, (Laughter) and they did his silly __________, or whatever. He had 498 people to prepare his dinner every _____. But a modern tourist going around the palace of Versailles and looking at Louis XIV's pictures, he has 498 people doing his dinner _______ too. They're in bistros and cafes and restaurants and shops all over _____, and they're all ready to serve you at an hour's notice with an _________ meal that's probably got ______ quality than Louis XIV even had. And that's what we've done, because we're all working for each other. We're able to draw upon specialization and exchange to raise each other's ______ standards.

Solution

  1. living
  2. working
  3. higher
  4. tonight
  5. excellent
  6. hairstyles
  7. paris
  8. night

Original Text

In the old days, if you were rich, you literally had people working for you. That's how you got to be rich; you employed them. Louis XIV had a lot of people working for him. They made his silly outfits, like this, (Laughter) and they did his silly hairstyles, or whatever. He had 498 people to prepare his dinner every night. But a modern tourist going around the palace of Versailles and looking at Louis XIV's pictures, he has 498 people doing his dinner tonight too. They're in bistros and cafes and restaurants and shops all over Paris, and they're all ready to serve you at an hour's notice with an excellent meal that's probably got higher quality than Louis XIV even had. And that's what we've done, because we're all working for each other. We're able to draw upon specialization and exchange to raise each other's living standards.

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Important Words

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  2. cafes
  3. days
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  5. draw
  6. employed
  7. excellent
  8. exchange
  9. hairstyles
  10. higher
  11. laughter
  12. literally
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  15. louis
  16. meal
  17. modern
  18. night
  19. notice
  20. outfits
  21. palace
  22. paris
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  25. prepare
  26. quality
  27. raise
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  29. restaurants
  30. rich
  31. serve
  32. shops
  33. silly
  34. specialization
  35. standards
  36. tonight
  37. tourist
  38. versailles
  39. working
  40. xiv