I really like words. I like the way I can string them together to make something pretty. I like how when I handwrite something I can make one word look a million different ways, also creating millions of different meanings. I like that I can make them rhyme, in time. I like that one word can mean one thing in one story, and something completely different in another. I like that my mind associates certain words with experiences because for some reason or another, they’ve resigned enough in my brain to form that long lasting connection. I like that they paint pictures in my head, describe smells that aren’t really there and make me feel emotions I didn’t even know I was capable of feeling.
I consider myself to be a nerd to a certain extent. I like to keep in the know of what’s going on in the world both in a “things that actually matter” and in a “pop culture” sense. I read a fair amount of books and have been told that I’m a terrifyingly fast reader. But every once in a while I like to extreme nerd out in order to expand my horizons.
I recently discovered vocabulary.com and it’s slowly becoming my new obsession.
I don’t know if any of you remember or ever played the Free Rice game back in middle and high school, but it was a word that would pop up and all you had to do was guess the correct definition. If you were right, you received a few grains of rice in your rice bank. The website told you that the rice you collected was going to be donated to a third world country, I honestly have no idea if that was the case. I would like to hope so but you never know with the Internet. Regardless, it was a good way to get teenagers to expand their vocabulary.
Vocabulary.com is awesome because it’s basically the same thing, just substituting the rice for more difficult language. It challenges me to turn my brain on and learn new things while also fulfilling my competitive need to win even if I’m only playing against myself.
Go try it. You know you want to. Plus you’ll learn a few new words that you can throw into casual conversation while you watch your friends struggle to figure out what you’re saying. It’s a win-win situation.