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Fill in the blank spaces with the correct word as you listen to the video. make sure to listen carefully!
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a woman is talking to an audience about her linguistics research and how words become official
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17 minutes 14 seconds
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Lectures (e.g. TED talks)
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Listening comprehension
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1. Fill the gap.
… I was at a dinner party and the man to my right started telling me about all the ways that the Internet isthe English …
2. Fill the gap.
I think most people, when they say a word isn't real, what they mean is, it doesn't appear in adictionary.
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" When I teach the history of the English language, I require that students teach me two newwords before I will begin class.
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… " which -- (Applause) — which is when you areor angry because you are hungry,
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… " which is when you are adorable in kind of away, clearly, terrific words that fill important gaps in the English language.
6. Fill the gap.
dictionary up on a pedestal in this place of honor and respect lying open so we can go stand before it to get answers.
7. Fill the gap.
I'mas a teacher that we tell students to critically question every text they read,
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… but they don't want to appearand include the words that aren't going to make it,
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And we have made some questionable choices, for example in 2006 when the word of the year was "Plutoed," to mean
10. Fill the gap.
(Laughter) But some of the past winners now seem completelysuch as "app" and "e" as a prefix, and "google" as a verb.
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What is striking about this is that there's actually often quite a lot ofbetween their list and the list that we are …
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We're noticing words that are coming into
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I have an entire file in my office of newspaper articles which express concern aboutwords that should not have been …
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… and one of the ways that they can beis that they're changing meaning.
15. Fill the gap.
"Peruse has long meant 'to read
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… skim,' has traditionally been considered an error, but ourresults suggest that it is becoming somewhat more acceptable.
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" Ah, the Usage Panel, that trusted body of language authorities who is getting moreabout this.
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… and we should be entirelyto think that the English language is in trouble.
19. Fill the gap.
I hope that what you can do is find language change notbut fun and fascinating, just the way dictionary editors do.
20. Fill the gap.
… but there is no objective dictionary authority out there that is the finalabout what words mean.
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