Playing the NY Times Spelling Bee has gotten me much more interested in words I’ve never heard of. For example, the other day I found all the words except “lolling”, which I had never heard of.

Every time I miss a word, I look it up, and learn all sorts of fascinating things I had not known. So it occurs to me that it would be interesting to go about building my vocabulary in a more systematic way.

I’m thinking of writing a little program that presents me with random words, and then lets me check off the ones that I already know. If I don’t know some word, then the program will keep testing me on that one until I get it right.

If I manage to get this implemented by tomorrow, then I’ll put it on line as for this week’s Widget Wednesday. We’ll see!

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