Gigantic Idiot / Technical Writing

FreeRice.com Feeds the World While You Improve Your Vocabulary

I spend a lot of time online, and believe it or not, sometimes I run out of things to do. In these rare moments, I usually turn to online Set, a mind-bending card game. (Want more info, check out Linden’s post.) But thanks to the NBC Nightly News, I found something new to do: feed the world and improve my vocabulary. FreeRice.com donates 20 grains of rice for every vocabulary word you get correct. So far, they’ve donated over 26 billion grains of rice, and they donated over 178,000,000 grains yesterday.

How can FreeRice.com help you? Well, as a former English teacher, I can tell you that it’s important to have a useful vocabulary when writing in college and when writing on the job. If you’re a student, you’ll do better on your ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, and GMAT, and you’ll probably get better grades. And let’s face it, next to listening to NPR and playing Set, I can think of no better way to feel and look smart (and to make others think you’re smart).

This was my last word: lupine, which means wolfish. Harry Potter fans out there should see the connection and smile. And I didn’t know that five minutes ago! I’m smarter already!

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