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Build Vocabulary with Games and Stop World Hunger!

According to the United Nations, a child dies every 6 seconds from hunger related causes.

Though 10 grains of rice may seem like a small amount, it is important to remember that while you are playing, so are thousands of other people at the same time. It is everyone together that makes the difference. Thanks to you, FreeRice has generated enough rice to feed millions of people since it started in October 2007.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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WordNet, a database of 138,000 words developed at Princeton University, is like no dictionary or even thesaurus. It gives definitions and exhaustive lists of synonyms, but also links words by a web of semantic relations.

Type in "car," for example, and WordNet can display all its "hypernyms" (a car is a kind of what?) -- motor vehicle, vehicle, conveyance, instrument, artifact, physical object, thing. Then ask for its "hyponyms" and find 22 kinds of car, from ambulance to hot rod to sedan. Looking for parts of a car? Ask WordNet for "meronyms" and it gives 140 parts and subparts from accelerator pedal to windshield wiper. And in a boon to Scrabble players, WordNet will find all 303 words containing the letters "car," from carabao to vicar.

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    100 Words

    100 Words That All High School Graduates — And Their Parents — Should Know


    BOSTON, MA — The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know.

    "The words we suggest," says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, "are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measurethemselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language."

    The following is the entire list of 100 words:

     

    abjure
    abrogate
    abstemious
    acumen
    antebellum
    auspicious
    belie
    bellicose
    bowdlerize
    chicanery
    chromosome
    churlish
    circumlocution
    circumnavigate
    deciduous
    deleterious
    diffident
    enervate
    enfranchise
    epiphany
    equinox
    euro
    evanescent
    expurgate
    facetious
    fatuous
    feckless
    fiduciary
    filibuster
    gamete
    gauche
    gerrymander
    hegemony
    hemoglobin
    homogeneous
    hubris
    hypotenuse
    impeach
    incognito
    incontrovertible
    inculcate
    infrastructure
    interpolate
    irony
    jejune
    kinetic
    kowtow
    laissez faire
    lexicon
    loquacious

    lugubrious
    metamorphosis
    mitosis
    moiety
    nanotechnology
    nihilism
    nomenclature
    nonsectarian
    notarize
    obsequious
    oligarchy
    omnipotent
    orthography
    oxidize
    parabola
    paradigm
    parameter
    pecuniary
    photosynthesis
    plagiarize
    plasma
    polymer
    precipitous
    quasar
    quotidian
    recapitulate
    reciprocal
    reparation
    respiration
    sanguine
    soliloquy
    subjugate
    suffragist
    supercilious
    tautology
    taxonomy
    tectonic
    tempestuous
    thermodynamics
    totalitarian
    unctuous
    usurp
    vacuous
    vehement
    vortex
    winnow
    wrought
    xenophobe
    yeoman
    ziggurat

     

     

     

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