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Anecdote and Antidote

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An anecdote is a short account of an interesting or amusing incident, often intended to illustrate some point.

An antidote is something used to counteract the effects of a poison or other undesirable element.

Examples:

  • Anecdotes abound on the benefits of pets on human health.

  • "Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition." (Adam Smith)

Practice:

(a) "Concentration is a fine _____ to anxiety." (Jack Nicklaus)

(b) The speaker told an _____ about President Franklin Roosevelt getting marooned in the White House in his wheelchair.

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