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Free Rice

Nov. 18th, 2007 10:34 am
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The site freerice.com offers the best method of writers' procrastination that I know.

It's a vocabulary building game that automatically adjusts to your skill level and is thus suitable for any level. And, of course, for every word you get right, they donate ten grains of rice towards the hungry worldwide.

I followed the link there, expecting to get bored with a gimicky charity game very quickly, but... well, let's just say that there's several small families somewhere who won't be going hungry tonight. Those bowls of rice seem to build up all on their own once you're frowning at that next word thinking about latin roots. :)

And me? Well, I now know that a haubergeon is a mail shirt, that palaver is much ado about nothing, and feel pretty darn good at having known what a homunculus was, even if "little man" doesn't quite cover it. And I have a name for a minor character who has been using a placeholder to date. That has to be a comparatively constructive use of time that would have otherwise been spent in entirely useless procrastination.

My vocab level on their scale seems to be around 40, and so does Hubby's - but with our powers combined, we're more like 45. What's yours?

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