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Free Rice

by Arwen O'Reilly Griffith

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Shawn Connally, the managing editor of MAKE, has gotten all of us at the office hooked on Free Rice, a vocabulary game that also puts your brains to a good cause. For every word you get right, they donate 20 grains to the United Nations to end world hunger. (There's a small changing advertisement at the bottom of the page which generates the rice money.) Pretty cool idea, no?

It's surprisingly addictive, and you'll learn new words (and definitions) as you go. I'm up to 2600 grains of rice, which, admittedly is not that much, but I've learned that a "kerf" is a notch, "hebdomadally" means weekly, and a "dinkey" is a small locomotive.