We’re all searching for something pleasant to divert us — even if it’s only for a moment — from the pandemonium at this stage in the epidemic, which may explain why the basic, no-frills game Wordle has become so popular. It’s a web-based challenge in which participants must guess a new five-letter word every day in six tries or less, with the identical word being given to everyone. You may have noticed individuals on Twitter posting the grey, green, and yellow square patterns, which represent how they did on that day’s Wordle without revealing the solution (more on that in a sec).
Wordle developer and software engineer Josh Wardle (get it?) created the game as a gift for his boyfriend Palak Shah, who enjoys word games and crossword puzzles, according to a charming New York Times story. The two grew interested in the NYT Spelling Bee and daily crossword puzzles in 2020, according to reports, and Wardle set out to create a new game that Shah would like. The ostensible scarcity of the game — only one puzzle each day — makes the user need more.
What is Wordle, exactly?
Every day, you may play Wordle, an online word game. It’s simple, enjoyable, and, like a crossword puzzle, can only be completed once each day. There’s a new word of the day every 24 hours, and it’s up to you to find out what it is. The regulations are explained in great detail on the website:
Wordle provides players six chances to predict a five-letter word that is chosen at random. When you place the correct letter in the correct area, it becomes green, as seen above. A formal letter becomes yellow when it is typed wrongly. A letter that has nothing to do with the term appears grey.
You may enter a total of six words, which means you can learn about the letters and their places by using five-burner words. Then you only have one chance to put those suggestions into action. You may even try for speed and predict the word of the day in three, two, or even one go.
Where to play Wordle?
Everyone takes a different approach to the first blank grid of squares. Starting with a phrase with a lot of vowels is a smart idea; once you’ve eliminated the various vowels, the range of alternative terms drops substantially (and no, I am not telling you my secret starting word). Press Enter once you’ve typed your term.
Green letters are in the word and in the correct place, yellow letters are in the word but in a different location, and grey letters are not in the word of the day. It’s worth noting that a green or yellow letter may appear more than once in a word — for example, if you get one green “a” another “a” may appear somewhere else in the word — but you won’t know until you play the next word. If you try to type AEIOU, for example, you’ll get an error message saying “Not in the word list.”
The keyboard in the screenshot below displays letters you’ve guessed incorrectly (that is, letters that aren’t in the word) in dark grey or black, and letters you haven’t guessed yet in light grey. When all the letters become green (and a comment like “Impressive” appears), you’ve won.
What are some tips and tricks to play Wordle?
The first thing you should do is enter in terms like “Names,” “Shale,” or “Slate” which will remove some of the most prevalent characters. You may also try making up new terms to assist you to exclude specific sets or combinations of letters. Playing “Adieu,” for example, can assist you in crossing off many vowels at the same time. However, the game will only detect genuine words, so you won’t be able to cheat it.
Don’t feel obligated to only come up with terms that feature that letter in the correct location once you know where it fits in the final phrase. To narrow down the pool of alternatives, enter in terms that will exclude other letters. Otherwise, you can find yourself in the following situation:
It’s also worth noting that letters might exist in a word many times. If the letters ME TS are in the right location, the word may be “Melts” or “Meats,” but don’t rule out “Meets.”
A close-up of hands clutching a phone while playing Wordle on the internet.
Canva is to thank for this. We are paid a commission if you buy something after clicking on one of the links in this post. Although many people are still discovering what Wordle is and how to play it in 2022, it is a simple word game that has gone widespread.
You may have seen the little red, amber, and green tiles shared in the group chat or on social media and wondered what they were. Have you ever seen a co-worker feverishly googling a list of 5-letter words? If that’s the case, they’re probably infatuated with the current game of choice: Wordle.