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From the Ted Talk by Simon Anholt: Which country does the most good for the world?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now that's the Good Country Index. What's it there for? Well, it's there really because I want to try to introduce this word, or reintroduce this word, into the discourse. I've had enough hearing about cvetoitmpie countries. I've had enough hearing about prosperous, wtlahey, fast-growing countries. I've even had enough hearing about hpapy countries because in the end that's still selfish. That's still about us, and if we carry on thinking about us, we are in deep, deep trouble. I think we all know what it is that we want to hear about. We want to hear about good countries, and so I want to ask you all a favor. I'm not asking a lot. It's something that you might find easy to do and you might even find ebyjnaloe and even helpful to do, and that's simply to start using the word "good" in this cneotxt. When you think about your own country, when you think about other people's countries, when you think about companies, when you talk about the world that we live in today, start using that word in the way that I've talked about this evening. Not good, the opposite of bad, because that's an argument that never finishes. Good, the opposite of selfish, good being a country that thinks about all of us. That's what I would like you to do, and I'd like you to use it as a sitck with which to beat your politicians. When you elect them, when you reelect them, when you vote for them, when you listen to what they're offering you, use that word, "good," and ask yourself, "Is that what a good cuotnry would do?" And if the answer is no, be very suiopisucs. Ask yourself, is that the boevihar of my country? Do I want to come from a country where the government, in my name, is doing things like that? Or do I, on the other hand, peefrr the idea of walking around the wolrd with my head held high tiinknhg, "Yeah, I'm proud to come from a good country"? And everybody will welcome you. And everybody in the last 15 seconds before they drift off to sleep at night will say, "Gosh, I'm glad that person's country esitxs."

Open Cloze

Now that's the Good Country Index. What's it there for? Well, it's there really because I want to try to introduce this word, or reintroduce this word, into the discourse. I've had enough hearing about ___________ countries. I've had enough hearing about prosperous, _______, fast-growing countries. I've even had enough hearing about _____ countries because in the end that's still selfish. That's still about us, and if we carry on thinking about us, we are in deep, deep trouble. I think we all know what it is that we want to hear about. We want to hear about good countries, and so I want to ask you all a favor. I'm not asking a lot. It's something that you might find easy to do and you might even find _________ and even helpful to do, and that's simply to start using the word "good" in this _______. When you think about your own country, when you think about other people's countries, when you think about companies, when you talk about the world that we live in today, start using that word in the way that I've talked about this evening. Not good, the opposite of bad, because that's an argument that never finishes. Good, the opposite of selfish, good being a country that thinks about all of us. That's what I would like you to do, and I'd like you to use it as a _____ with which to beat your politicians. When you elect them, when you reelect them, when you vote for them, when you listen to what they're offering you, use that word, "good," and ask yourself, "Is that what a good _______ would do?" And if the answer is no, be very __________. Ask yourself, is that the ________ of my country? Do I want to come from a country where the government, in my name, is doing things like that? Or do I, on the other hand, ______ the idea of walking around the _____ with my head held high ________, "Yeah, I'm proud to come from a good country"? And everybody will welcome you. And everybody in the last 15 seconds before they drift off to sleep at night will say, "Gosh, I'm glad that person's country ______."

Solution

  1. enjoyable
  2. stick
  3. country
  4. context
  5. world
  6. behavior
  7. exists
  8. happy
  9. prefer
  10. thinking
  11. suspicious
  12. wealthy
  13. competitive

Original Text

Now that's the Good Country Index. What's it there for? Well, it's there really because I want to try to introduce this word, or reintroduce this word, into the discourse. I've had enough hearing about competitive countries. I've had enough hearing about prosperous, wealthy, fast-growing countries. I've even had enough hearing about happy countries because in the end that's still selfish. That's still about us, and if we carry on thinking about us, we are in deep, deep trouble. I think we all know what it is that we want to hear about. We want to hear about good countries, and so I want to ask you all a favor. I'm not asking a lot. It's something that you might find easy to do and you might even find enjoyable and even helpful to do, and that's simply to start using the word "good" in this context. When you think about your own country, when you think about other people's countries, when you think about companies, when you talk about the world that we live in today, start using that word in the way that I've talked about this evening. Not good, the opposite of bad, because that's an argument that never finishes. Good, the opposite of selfish, good being a country that thinks about all of us. That's what I would like you to do, and I'd like you to use it as a stick with which to beat your politicians. When you elect them, when you reelect them, when you vote for them, when you listen to what they're offering you, use that word, "good," and ask yourself, "Is that what a good country would do?" And if the answer is no, be very suspicious. Ask yourself, is that the behavior of my country? Do I want to come from a country where the government, in my name, is doing things like that? Or do I, on the other hand, prefer the idea of walking around the world with my head held high thinking, "Yeah, I'm proud to come from a good country"? And everybody will welcome you. And everybody in the last 15 seconds before they drift off to sleep at night will say, "Gosh, I'm glad that person's country exists."

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
good country 4
awful lot 2
human beings 2
nation brands 2
brands index 2
admire countries 2
lowest score 2
started thinking 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
nation brands index 2

Important Words

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  8. competitive
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