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Etymologic! (Browser)

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Description

Billing itself as "the _toughest_ word game on the web", this quiz provides a player with ten English word-origin questions, each offering four semi-plausible radio-button answers to be clicked upon, only one of which is correct. If a wrong answer is selected, the correct one is indicated, and after ten questions have been asked the player's final score is tallied and, in a striking referral-revenue model, the player is invited to take the developers up on the purchase of a recommended etymology book through Amazon.com -- a sharp contrast to the suspiciously gushing altruism of the similar FreeRice game. The administrators also take submissions of further etymological questions to trip up future players.

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Etymologic! Browser Making a submission
Etymologic! Browser A low score
Etymologic! Browser Starting a new game
Etymologic! Browser Getting a correct answer

Alternate Titles

  • "Where's THAT From?" -- working title

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Development

The game started as a re-use of the engine of their earlier computer trivia game Trivial Net.

Related Web Sites

  • Etymologic! (Official homepage where you can play the game through your web browser.)
Pseudo_Intellectual (44698) added Etymologic! (Browser) on Oct 21, 2008