Improve Your Vocabulary and Donate Food

Free RiceThe people at Poverty.com have a new website, Free Rice, where you can test your lexicographical skills and donate food through the World Food Programme. It is advertiser supported—an amount equivalent to 10 grains of rice is donated to the World Food Programme for every right answer. The more you get correct, the harder the words get. I got up to level 50 a few times but was defeated by words like grig, coxa, and verecund. How high can you get? Here’s a hint: if an answer seems too obvious, it’s probably correct. There are no trick questions.

via Biomes Blog

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6 comments on “Improve Your Vocabulary and Donate Food

  1. turtlebella says:

    Nerd that I am, I found this to be a lot of fun! I can't quite remember, but I think I got somewhere in the mid-40s.

  2. びっくり says:

    I was working up through the 40s, but backslid towards the end. Stopped at 300 grains. I got nailed by 'athwart'. I got a little miffed that 'trebuchet' = 'catapult', clearly an archaic war mechanician did not write that question, since these two devices use different methods to generate force. 🙂

  3. Sylvia says:

    Heh. I'm glad I'm not the only one to quibble with some of their synonyms.

  4. bernarda says:

    I got up to 47 and should have had 48 except for some words that I also disagreed about as to their synonym.
    I cheated to get to fifty, and there it was rather strange. There were some relatively easy, I thought, words mixed with others that probably only a specialist would know.

  5. Sylvia says:

    I found that too, bernarda. My training in science and biology came in handy.

  6. Imani says:

    I only got up to 46. :/

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