View Full Version : How Good is Your Vocabulary?

10-19-2007, 04:19 AM
Test it out, and generate a donation of rice to the hungry at the same time.


I'm not sure if I'm impressed with myself or astonished by my own ignorance so far...


10-19-2007, 04:34 AM
Well, I donated 200 grains of rice and it tells me I have a Vocab level of 38. I guess I speak gooder.

10-19-2007, 04:36 AM
How long does this go on? I donated 550 grains and stopped. Vocab level 41.

10-19-2007, 04:37 AM
I hit 940 and then the board locked up. Fun game...good cause. yay.

10-19-2007, 04:40 AM
*is thoroughly abashed by his score*

10-19-2007, 04:40 AM
Sooo I've gotten every one right so far and I'm at 43. How long does this go on?

ETA: I just missed "prang."

10-19-2007, 04:48 AM
Oh, apparently 50 is the highest level.

10-19-2007, 04:51 AM
Jeez, if anyone gets 50 I'll be impressed. I didn't miss many and stopped while I was at 41. I missed a word for a yoga position (and I take yoga!!).

10-19-2007, 04:54 AM
got it to work again. made it to 2k, got bored and quit. Highest level 45

10-19-2007, 04:56 AM
Ugh, lvl 45, and I just missed solecism. *sigh*

10-19-2007, 04:59 AM
This is so cool. Thanks for the link!

Will Lavender
10-19-2007, 05:04 AM
I got to 38 and a bunch o' rice. Not sure how it factors the level. I got 12 in a row correct and I moved up 1 point.


10-19-2007, 05:24 AM
I got like 33; I need to read some more.

10-19-2007, 05:26 AM
Man, this is addictive! Got up to 1500 grains of rice. Highest level, 47

10-19-2007, 05:47 AM
Well, I got to 2000 grains of rice, but my vocab level stayed consistently between 38 and 42. And some of the words started showing up again. Thimblerig?

It might be time for me to go to bed. :)

10-19-2007, 05:48 AM

Uh-oh. I used "salubrious" in a WIP.

I should change that, right?

10-19-2007, 05:48 AM
I don't think I'm good at vocabulary.

I think I'm good at guessing.

ETA: It appears I scored a 33 before I got bored.

10-19-2007, 06:11 AM
I'm afraid to try this after seeing some of the words here. I supposed I'll go take a peek...

ETA: I was up to 43, then stopped at 38 and 200 grains of rice. That's like three whole spoonfuls!

10-19-2007, 06:30 AM
Is 12 bad....? /huff


10-19-2007, 06:30 AM
Uxorious? Wife loving? Who knew?

10-19-2007, 06:31 AM
Well I donated 550 grains of rice and stopped at 34. It was fun and I was surprised of some of the words I knew, but I thought it would never stop.

10-19-2007, 06:37 AM
I got over 1600 grains but never got the vocab score over 45. I had to stop to go to bed. I think I figured out a few tricks, though. Might get back at it tomorrow. That was fun!

10-19-2007, 06:44 AM
Cool and fun. I got to 50, but only 500 or so grains of rice.
It helps knowing many languages, one of which is Latin.
I wonder if I could get my son and his friends addicted to this.

10-19-2007, 04:38 PM
Cool and fun. I got to 50, but only 500 or so grains of rice.
It helps knowing many languages, one of which is Latin.
I wonder if I could get my son and his friends addicted to this.

Wow, that's impressive.

My daughters' school requires 3 years of Latin plus a modern language and there are people who complain about this. I wish I would have taken Latin.

10-19-2007, 04:47 PM
Me guess good & likey Latin roots.

10-19-2007, 04:51 PM
How good is my what?

Devil Ledbetter
10-19-2007, 04:53 PM
Well, I donated 200 grains of rice and it tells me I have a Vocab level of 38. I guess I speak gooder.Hey, same here PeeDee. I stopped at 200 because we had a major storm rolling in and I had to unplug.

10-19-2007, 05:44 PM
I donated 1300 grains of rice and hovered around 44/45.

10-19-2007, 06:17 PM
I was whipping along, getting all correct when I got a fatal message --- "Failed to connect to web server". Guess I'll try again later.

ps...got to 60 grains of rice before it locked up.

10-19-2007, 06:42 PM
40 and 860 donated.

I think it helps to know some Shakespeare and older English too. Though knowing some latin roots does help.

Damn you wee. This is just the kinda distraction I can mess with and still convince myself it's of benefit to my writing! And it helps others! :D

10-19-2007, 06:45 PM
I fifth(?) the Latin help. My husband was parroting "I KNOW you don't know that word." Then I would get it right, and smugly reply, "No, but I know the ROOT of that word." I have to admit though, some words I KNOW and I think that the choices are a little off from what I would have described as the meaning.

Soccer Mom
10-19-2007, 09:00 PM
level is 44, donated 1040 grains of rice.

That was fun. I have so many useless words that I could never include in a novel.

10-19-2007, 09:10 PM
I got to 47 and got bored. Oddly enough, bubbleheaded wasn't one of the words

10-19-2007, 09:30 PM
Highest level I got was 45. Missed some stupid ones, I have to say. LOL

10-19-2007, 11:26 PM
I hit 50, but part of the reason is what I consider the weakness in the program--it groups unlike grammar parts together. So if the word by its construct is clearly a noun as opposed to a verb or adjective, you can pick the noun definition from the list, whether you actually know the meaning of the word. This worked for me several times, so that's kind of cheating.

10-27-2007, 09:39 PM
I'm totally absorbed in this game (http://freerice.com/index.php) - my vocab skill level at this point goes back and forth between 46 and 47 out of 50 and the site says very few people get above 48. The fun for me is looking at an unfamiliar word and figuring out what it means - there are 4 choices and sometimes it's more a matter of making an educated guess but often I'm digging back to all that linguistics and other language education I received 30+ years ago to figure it out.

I've also donated 810 grains of rice so far (each word you get right is worth 10 grains) to the program:

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 (http://www.wfp.org/how_to_help/Ways_to_Donate/freerice.asp?section=4&sub_section=5) to learn more about their successful approach to ending hunger.

More FAQs about the game. (http://freerice.com/faq.html)

Since the site is not asking me for $$, it's a really well done in terms of its graphical look and user interface, and the advertisement links that pay for the donations are small, subtle and major companies (TimeLife, Office Depot, Apple) I'm thinking this is a legit effort.

Have fun!

10-27-2007, 09:56 PM

I was at 42, before I tripped on a tuffet.

10-27-2007, 10:01 PM
I did this in the other thread and received a message ‘stop trying’ and they gave the rice back to me.

10-27-2007, 10:04 PM
I can't stop playing this game! I can't get past 42, and then I bomb out and go back to 38, and so on and so forth. I don't want to say how many thousand grains of rice I've donated instead of, oh, let's say...writing my book. Heh.

There's already a meme going around Live Journal that asks you to play until you lose, and then write a drabble using the word that stumped you.

10-27-2007, 10:05 PM
I did this in the other thread and received a message ‘stop trying’ and they gave the rice back to me.

It's in another thread? Oops - can you give me the link and I'll merge 'em.

10-27-2007, 10:18 PM
I can't stop playing this game!You've got to stop trusting mods. They'll suck you into these virtual word games and you'll spend the golden years of your life playing around the internet.

Go outside and chase a squirrel or something.

10-27-2007, 10:18 PM
Here Dawno: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81018.

It was first in For All Writers: The AW Roundtable then moved to Writing Exercises, Prompts and Games

10-27-2007, 10:19 PM
I got to 46. What's fun is not so much the vocab as it is trying to figure out the roots of unfamiliar words and then make an educated guess.

10-28-2007, 01:31 AM
Thanks ToT - I'll merge these. I hit 48!

10-28-2007, 02:04 AM
It's a learning tool ... right? You can use these words in your writing (if you can remember what they mean)

FreeRice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three words in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the “outer fringe” of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.

10-28-2007, 02:40 AM
I got up to 48 and then started to fall apart. Ended up hovering around the 45 mark give or take.

I'll try again, see how high I can get.

Mei Gaffey
10-28-2007, 03:22 AM
Great game, great cause.

I stopped at 500 grains of rice, and am horrified and slightly dubious of my 35 point score.

Anyone else run out to see the actual volume of 10 grains of rice? Ofcourse the real question is: do they average the weight, the volume, or actually have some poor smoe counting the grains for the donation. ;)

11-06-2007, 03:39 AM
I have to admit though, some words I KNOW and I think that the choices are a little off from what I would have described as the meaning.

I agree with this, but they're close enough for Hollywood, I guess.

I got up to 500 grains of rice, and a score of 42. Then I had to go cook dinner, and we're having rice tonight! Isn't that funny??

11-06-2007, 03:56 AM
I have no idea how the vocab level works, as my one kept dropping. Have finished on vocab level 14 with 760 grains of rice. Was fun, whilst it lasted and I seemed to know what alot of the words meant by instinct, which was clever considering I had never heard of them before. :)