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Musing Wordle words

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I am terrible at Scrabble, I can never come up with words within my set of tiles. I can’t do crossword puzzles either, though my mother loved them.

And then along came Wordle.

The latest storm of the century happened here this week.

In case you’ve been living in total isolation (in which case you’re not reading this anyway) you’ve seen the game, or read articles about the phenomenon it’s become.

People around the world are figuring out the 5 letter word of the day, through a process of guesses and elimination. There are any number of ‘best’ strategies, most centered on how to choose your first word, from which you will, hopefully, discover the final word.

Hanging on for spring.

I haven’t read any of the articles; I think doing so would take the fun out of the experience. But I will tell you why playing Wordle is fun for me.

It’s fun because there’s no time pressure, nobody else is waiting for me to make my move. I can take my time and methodically work through all the available letters. I can consider different combinations at my leisure, ponder on it for half a day if I want to. Consider my next move. And when I am successful I get to share my success (but not the word) with all my friends. For me the sharing is the icing on the game.

Focused on something.

And there’s something interesting about knowing that thousands of people are all looking for words along with you. All kinds of people are taking time off from their regular life to discover one word. Across this country and around the world people are focused, for a few minutes, on something as simple as a word

The same word. We’re all thinking about, stratigizing over, smiling or frowning over the same word. It kind of makes me feel connected, and in these lingering times of isolation, that’s a good thing.

Not looking for words,lady, but I could use some lunch please.

But I swear there’s a novel waiting to be written based on the way this game has spread, in the way someone is manipulating us all to find a single word each day. Somewhere, in the far reaches of my brain, I wonder how it could be used in a story of suspense, if the one word each day could begin to change people’s opinions, or thought processes, or even behaviors. Or maybe the daily words are a series of hints to some horrible event that will end the world unless someone figures it all out and saves us all.

It can stop snowing now.

The thing about this game that I like the most, that everybody’s headed for the same word, is the thing that makes me feel a little creepy once in awhile. Especially if it’s a weird word that might have several meanings or connotations. I imagine some guy in a dark lab somewhere chortling over his choice of words, anticipating a whole society gasping in shock when they figure it out.

Oh, but all this is ridiculous. People would have to be addicted to playing the game. The game would have to be run by some huge mastermind. There would have to be sinister intent not readily visible to the regular folks playing the harmless game.

Waiting his turn at the breakfast bar.

Since I’m not into conspiracy theories, I’m going to just enjoy finding the word each morning and cheering my friends on when they find it in fewer guesses than me. And when the New York Times starts charging for the game I’ll move on to the next craze.

But for now I think it’s kind of cool that people are focused on words.

Looking for patterns.

How about you? Are you playing or have you resisted the temptation?

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

41 thoughts on “Musing Wordle words

  1. Playing. I’m hoping I get it on the first guess one of these days.

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  2. I Love Wordle! I keep track on the scoreboard, but it’s only for me–I’m not on FB or Instagram, so I high-five myself each morning with my stats. Our local digital newspaper also includes USA Today, so I head over to the puzzle page there, too. I feel like I might be retired, but I am keeping the old brain cells firing on all cylinders.

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  3. Great snowy pictures! I haven’t played—alas, too busy and too behind with Book 4—but it sounds like so much fun. Enjoy!

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  4. I just read about this on another blog with all the interesting explanations on how to play and a bit of history on Josh who created it as a gift only to sell it recently to the NYT. I’ve only heard of it this week. I have many apps on my phone for crossword puzzles, wordsearch games and the like all for free (but they have annoying ads, but I refuse to pay) but this Wordle clearly it’s a bit different than all these other games. I’m so behind I’m not sure if I’ll look into playing! But you do have an interesting creative way of looking at the whole thing. Lol 😆 I enjoyed your post! 😁

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  5. I love your musings on the game. I also love the idea of a sinister mastermind novel using this tool.
    But I have to share because the data amazes me. From a NY Times article (Jan 31) about the purchase”
    >It first appeared on a no-frills, ad-free website in October, and had 90 users on Nov. 1. That number grew to 300,000 by the middle of this month [January], and now millions play the game daily, according to the Times announcement.
    I just find this to be astonishing. Shows the power of the internet (maybe facebook in particular?) when something catches people’s fancy, and I think that a large part of it is because of the reasons that you describe.
    Yes, if they start charging or requiring me to log in, I’m outa there.

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    • I knew it exploded in popularity. I don’t begrudge the inventor for making some serious money either. I can tell I’ll get tired of it sooner than later, and for sure I won’t pay for it…but I like the community of it for now.

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  6. Yes ! As you can see from my own post today! I saw your post after I wrote mine. 😊. I do love that we are focused on words! Today’s was hard for me! I got it in 6 by the skin of my teeth. But at least I got it!

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    • So far I’ve been able to get them all, during the 2 weeks I’ve played, but I know there will come a day when I don’t get one. I’ve had a couple 6s. And a couple 2s, but mostly I’m a 3 or 4.

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  7. Ohhhh, I love the idea of wordle being part of a plot!

    I play everyday. It’s just like one of my favorite childhood games-mastermind- but with letters instead of colors.

    Hopefully the NYT doesn’t ruin it, but I don’t blame the creator for profiting.

    Snow day here today, but its more sleet than snow. Haven’t had a real snow storm yet this year…..just yucky stuff.

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    • Katie is loving the real snow, but we can’t romp around the back yard like we used to . It’s up to her chest, and wet and heavy. She loves the cold, and she loves EATING it, but we mostly go for walks on shoveled or plowed places, with small forays into the deeper stuff.

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  8. I do play every day, and love it. But your theory about everyone looking for the same word isn’t necessarily so. I’m currently working on puzzle #33. I found one of the archives, and started from the beginning, playing two or three puzzles per day, depending on how quickly I solve them. Each of my friends is on a different puzzle — 174, 58, 233, and so on– depending on when they started working through the archive, or whether they choose a random puzzle each day. I fear that eventually the NYT will put theirs behind a paywall, and sue to close the archives, so I’m playing regularly now, and enjoying it immensely.

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    • I was pretty much writing about the original idea, the one word a day. I don’t know if I’d want to play more than once a day…that’s part of the attractivness to me. But I can see that some people might want to go back and do some more. I’m glad you’re having a great time!

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  9. Playing and I enjoy it. I enjoy your stories about it too (you should write that novel!), especially being connected as we look for the same word. What amazes me is the unspoken agreement not to spoil it for anyone else.

    Your photos are beautiful. You can send your snow here if you’ve had enough of it. 🙂

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    • I don’t think I could figure out the plot….but I’m sure someone will write it. It seems too obvious for it ot to get written. I would love to send you the snow, we missed the worst of it…again. It went south, so your family probably got what we should have. It’s very pretty but I’m done now and could use some warm weather and dry feet.

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  10. Never played it. Might try once but have no intention of getting hooked. Domer told me he’s been playing, but I’m resisting. I guess I’ve always been a bit of a rebel! Love your snow photos.

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  11. Playing it daily, which you already know. Love it – it challenges my old brain to wake up and do stuff. I do focus on vowels on my first try. Whatever works!

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  12. Yes! You’ve nailed why I like Wordle, too: there’s no time pressure. It is just fun. I do like your musing on how the words day after day may be a message… of some sort.

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    • You never know…right? I don’t operate very well under pressure, in games anyway. So I like that I can consider and think and reword choices. When I go too fast I end up at 5 or 6. If I’m more deliberate I might make it in 3.

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  13. I just started playing Wordle today, mostly after watching you and Carol post about it on Facebook. Just HAD to see what it was all about. Did not win today, but only lost by one letter!

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  14. Yes I enjoy it every day:)

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