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June 22, 2012, 05:30:46 PM
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Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

The above quote is the first paragraph of Emma, by Jane Austen, a novel first published in 1815.

The object of this thread is to have you change ONLY one (1) word (bold it) and still have the paragraph remain grammatically correct.

The goal is to see how the paragraph reads after hopefully a 100+ changes.

If nobody minds, I'll start.

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Satoshi Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

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June 22, 2012, 05:58:53 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
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June 22, 2012, 06:02:50 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
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June 22, 2012, 06:11:02 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, hung-like-a-donkey, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.


I hyphened the phrase to make it ONLY one word above.

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Satoshi Nakamoto, hung-like-a-donkey, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy chiguagua, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.




Yeah I realized and deleted it - I'll try again.
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June 22, 2012, 06:14:16 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, hung-like-a-donkey, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.


I hyphened the phrase to make it ONLY one word above.

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Satoshi Nakamoto, hung-like-a-donkey, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.




Yeah I realized and deleted it - I'll try again.

I changed back to disposition and handsome and now awaiting your edit.

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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
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June 22, 2012, 06:19:41 PM
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Bit of a cop-out, but someone needs to do it...

I withdraw my edit, China works just fine.

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June 22, 2012, 06:20:23 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex China.

Ok I've messed it up,  though hung-like-a-donkey hyphenated does appear in the Oxford dictionary - I believe the Queen says it regularly. We'll stick with handsome for now.
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June 22, 2012, 06:25:42 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, hung-like-a-donkey, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.


I hyphened the phrase to make it ONLY one word above.

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Satoshi Nakamoto, hung-like-a-donkey, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.



Yeah I realized and deleted it - I'll try again.

I changed back to disposition and handsome and now awaiting your edit.

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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

Wait a sec! I think a hyphened phrase can replace a word. SgtSpike changed twenty-one to nine-thousand, so why not handsome to hung-like-a-donkey? Somewhere down the road that phrase may be even replaced with (?).

That said, here's the newly edited paragraph.

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Satoshi Nakamoto, hung-like-a-donkey, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy chihuahua, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

I was about to post the above as a stand-alone post, but now I see I need to amend this because of the following.


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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex China.

Ok I've messed it up,  though hung-like-a-donkey hyphenated does appear in the Oxford dictionary - I believe the Queen says it regularly. We'll stick with handsome for now.


Here's the newly edited paragraph.

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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy chihuahua, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex China.

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June 22, 2012, 06:28:30 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy chihuahua, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of Bitcoin; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the world with very little to distress or vex China.
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June 22, 2012, 06:35:34 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy chihuahua, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of Bitcoin; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the Internets with very little to distress or vex China.
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June 22, 2012, 06:42:47 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with a unknown home and happy chihuahua, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of Bitcoin; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the Internets with very little to distress or vex China.


(I would like to thank dancupid for the post below where he caught the set-up I was forced to leave with the "only one word" rule... lest anyone think me grammatically ill-informed!)

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June 22, 2012, 06:47:34 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with an unknown home and happy chihuahua, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of Bitcoin; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the Internets with very little to distress or vex China.

I'm a stickler for this sort of thing - and Mansfield Park is a better novel
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June 22, 2012, 06:50:20 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with an unknown home and happy chihuahua, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of Bitcoin; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the Internets with very little to distress or nuke China.

Broke it but the last part needs fixing anyway, it'll get there eventually.

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June 22, 2012, 06:52:16 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with an unknown home and happy seals-with-clubs, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of Bitcoin; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the Internets with very little to distress or nuke China.

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June 22, 2012, 07:04:10 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with an unknown home and happy seals-with-clubs, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of Bitcoin; and had lived nearly nine-thousand years in the Internets with very little to distress or nuke Blueseed.

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June 22, 2012, 09:17:39 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with an unknown home and happy seals-with-clubs, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of Bitcoin; and had lived over nine-thousand years in the Internets with very little to distress or nuke Blueseed.

Sorry, it had to be done.

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June 22, 2012, 09:27:59 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with an unknown home and happy hashes, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of Bitcoin; and had lived over nine-thousand years in the Internets with very little to distress or nuke Blueseed.

Sorry, it had to be done.

Honestly, I'm surprised it wasn't earlier.

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June 22, 2012, 09:29:09 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with an unknown home and happy hashes, seemed to demolish some of the best blessings of Bitcoin; and had lived over nine-thousand years in the Internets with very little to distress or nuke Blueseed.
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June 22, 2012, 11:04:41 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with an unknown home and happy hashes, seemed to demolish some of the best blessings of money; and had lived over nine-thousand years in the Internets with very little to distress or nuke Blueseed.

Still around.
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June 22, 2012, 11:16:16 PM
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Satoshi Nakamoto, handsome, clever, and rich, with an unknown home and happy hashes, seemed to demolish some of the best blessings of Fiat; and had lived over nine-thousand years in the Internets with very little to distress or nuke Blueseed.

Sorry Edd, had to fix it.
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