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For conscientious word-junkies …

… I mean wordsmiths.:) This sublime word game comes from FreeRice (thanks to Kilroy for forwarding it). Like The Hunger Site, it donates based on exposure and advertising. This site improves your vocabulary as well and is great for all adult ages and abilities; most importantly its also an excellent, interactive way to raise awareness about structural inequality, hunger and development. This is going to be a daily habit with me!

Click on the link below:

Free Rice — Test Your Word Power

How it works:

  • Click on the answer that best defines the word.
  • If you get it right, you get a harder word. If wrong, you get an easier word.
  • For each word you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

From the FAQ

If you have the rice to give, why not give it all away right now?

We are not sitting on a pile of rice―you are earning it 10 grains at a time. Here is how it works. When you play the game, advertisements appear on the bottom of your screen. The money generated by these advertisements is then used to buy the rice. So by playing, you generate the money that pays for the rice donated to hungry people.

Who distributes the donated rice?

The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The World Food Program is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good. Wherever possible, the World Food Program buys food locally to support local farmers and the local economy. We encourage you to visit the United Nations World Food Program to learn more about their successful approach to ending hunger.

10 comments on “For conscientious word-junkies …

  1. homeyra
    24 October, 2007

    Thanks for the link. Glad to know that Kilroy is around :)

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  3. Kilroy
    24 October, 2007

    Kilroy was not here!

  4. michaelgreenwell
    24 October, 2007

    thanks for that. need to pass that one on.

  5. Emmanuel
    25 October, 2007

    There was a blurb about this in yesterday’s newspaper. So far I’ve got 500 grains of rice and reached level 34. This is fun!

  6. Michael
    26 October, 2007

    Great fun, especially with the potential for intelligent guesswork.
    And tomorrow, I’m going to find an opportunity to use the word ‘fruticose’.

  7. Ann El Khoury
    26 October, 2007


  8. 99
    27 October, 2007

    “FREE RICE”? Are you kidding? I WON’T REST UNTIL SHE’S BEHIND BARS! …forever….

  9. Kilroy
    27 October, 2007


    Be careful of words,
    even the miraculous ones.
    For the miraculous we do our best,
    sometimes they swarm like insects
    and leave not a sting but a kiss.
    They can be as good as fingers.
    They can be as trusty as the rock
    you stick your bottom on.
    But they can be both daisies and bruises.
    Yet I am in love with words.
    They are doves falling out of the ceiling.
    They are six holy oranges sitting in my lap.
    They are the trees, the legs of summer,
    and the sun, its passionate face.
    Yet often they fail me.
    I have so much I want to say,
    so many stories, images, proverbs, etc.
    But the words aren’t good enough,
    the wrong ones kiss me.
    Sometimes I fly like an eagle
    but with the wings of a wren.
    But I try to take care
    and be gentle to them.
    Words and eggs must be handled with care.
    Once broken they are impossible
    things to repair.

    – Anne Sexton


    via The Poet Photographer
    Wordpress has the coolest bloggers and the best Anns.
    I can’t wait till I graduate from blogger.
    ; ~)

  10. Ann El Khoury
    27 October, 2007

    Superlative poem by Anne Sexton posted in turn by one of my fav writers: Kilroy.

    Thanks for the laugh, 99 :)


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This entry was posted on 24 October, 2007 by in Activism, UN, Word Play.

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

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for lack
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