Many worry that our digital age (you know where a 15-year-old can win $25,000 at the National Texting Championship!?) has contributed to the illiteracy of children and adults alike, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few people rooting for us. Ubisoft Entertainment has created a semieducational time waster: The Great American Word Challenge. You give the site your email and hometown and it generates a series of fill-in-the-blank word quizzes, offering up a definition and a partially-completed answer. You type in the missing letter to score points and a chance to beat out hundreds of cities across the country for the glory of being the city with the greatest vocabulary.
The city that achieves the highest-cumulative average score takes the title and the prize of a Ubisoft donation of My Word Coach video games and Nintendo DS systems to local NCFL learning centers. Even better, everyone who takes the challenge will be entered to win a trip for two to Washington, DC, and have the chance to win one of two Wiis.
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