What’s the word about Wordle?


New York Post


What started as a game meant just for software engineer Josh Wardle and his partner, who happens to love word games, has become the latest internet sensation. Rapidly growing in popularity, Wordle has taken the internet by storm— and everyone and their mother is hooked, quite literally.
If you have yet to jump onto the Wordle train, don’t worry; it’s never too late to hop in on the fun! Wordle is very simple to play: you’re given six attempts to guess the five-letter word of the day. When you guess a word, the letters will turn either gray, yellow, or green. The gray signifies that the letter is not in the word of the day; yellow means the letter is in the word, but it is currently in the wrong place, and green means the letter is in the word and in the correct place. So why is the internet hooked on such a simple game?
Hope Dang, a junior at Lanier, shared what she enjoys most about Wordle, “I like how it’s a daily game as well as a national game, so I can compete with my friends. I also like how it gives me stats at the end. It also expands my vocabulary because if I don’t know what the word means, it urges me to look it up and…learn new words. Having it as a daily and national game makes it different [from] any other word games because it makes me more competitive.”
Faith Mani, a senior, explained, “I like the challenge of it, like every day there’s just something new, and you can’t…overdo it…and get sick of it. It’s just one word a day. I like the limit of it, and it’s just a good challenge and a good way to start the day. I also compete with my family a lot, so it’s really fun to bully my siblings when I do better.”
A large part of why Wordle is so popular is that there is only one word per day. Unlike other word games and apps, Wordle doesn’t get boring and repetitive because there’s a new word each day. Guessing a different word each day and working to maintain your streak motivates people to keep playing, especially since they get to boast about their day’s accomplishment all over social media. While people love to share how many attempts they guessed the word in, there’s also an unspoken rule: Whatever you do, do NOT spoil the word for other people. It takes away the fun of the game.
Many players have crafted different strategies to ensure that they get the word every day and maintain their streak. Some players prefer to start with the same word each day, either one that targets a large number of the vowels or one that works to eliminate the consonants that are not used as frequently, such as “Q,” “W,” “K,” etc. Many players like to begin with “ADIEU,” “TWEAK,” or “CRANE” for this reason. Some people even make their first guess, then use entirely different letters in their second guess, even if they get some of the right letters in the first guess. Others prefer to play with no particular strategy, starting with a new word each day. Either way, it’s up to you how you’d like to play the game.
The rise in popularity of Wordle has encouraged the creation of some different variations of the game, such as Worldle, Semantle, Heardle, and even Taylordle. Worldle is perfect for the geography nerds out there; you’re given a picture of a singular country or territory and try to guess what country it is in six attempts or less, and with each guess, you are told how far the location you guessed was from the actual location. Semantle is good for those who like to have an unlimited number of attempts; instead of trying to figure out a five-letter word, the goal of Semantle is to figure out the day’s word based purely on semantics, meaning you guess words that are similar in meaning or are used in similar contexts to find the solution. Heardle is one of the more recent variations, where you are given one second of a song and are given the option to either guess the song or skip your guess to get an additional second of the song, but once again, you only have six guesses. Taylordle is Wordle, but it is Taylor Swift-themed, so each word of the day is related to Taylor Swift in some way, whether that be song titles, song lyrics, her friends’ names, and even inside jokes within her fanbase. Of course, these are just a few examples of the spin-off games that Wordle has inspired, so if none of these strike your fancy, you’re sure to find a spin-off that does suit you.
Wordle is also available in many different languages for those who are interested in either learning a new language or honing their linguistic skills. In addition to English, it is currently offered in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Norwegian, Swedish, Irish, German, Japanese, and Hawaiian!