After a couple days of feeling immensely awful, I’m pleased to report that my latest cold seems to be abating. That’s a nice start to a new month. The world itself seems a little strange, however. Yesterday was cold and rainy with a chill and ragged wind. The sort of wind that ignores whatever layers you have on and just passes right through to your bones. A wild, raucous wind that heaves and wails and shakes the shutters and tips over trash cans with glee.
A mischievous wind, perhaps, but with an edge of something darker and more cruel.
I suppose that’s fitting weather for the first day of October. Halloween is just over the horizon, and what better way to kick off autumn than cold mischief?
Alright, enough about the wind. Let’s do this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Word
The Hint: Pippin.
The Clue: This word has a double letter.
See yesterday’s Wordle #834 right here.
Wordle Bot Analysis
After each Wordle I solve I head over to the Wordle Bot homepage to see how my guessing game was.
Well that didn’t go so well. My opening guess—stoic—left me with nary a yellow or green box to speak of. Just a sea of grey, like the sunless, stormy skies. According to Wordle Bot, I had a bone-chilling 595 remaining solutions after this misfire of an opener.
Blare slashed that number to just 7. Unfortunately, my next guess—query—only shaved three more words off the total, and guess #4—ferry—left me with two. I could only think of one and so I went with merry for the win. I don’t think I can give myself a huzzah on a fiver.
I get -1 for guessing in five and -1 for losing to the Bot who only needed four guesses to solve today’s Wordle. -2 total! Gah!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “merry” has an interesting etymology. It can be traced back to Middle English and Old English forms. Here’s a breakdown of its etymology:
- Old English: The word “merry” in Old English was originally “mǣre” (pronounced like “mare-uh”). It meant “pleasing,” “delightful,” or “pleasant.” In Old English, it could also be used to describe something that was pleasant or agreeable in a broader sense.
- Middle English: As the English language evolved, “mǣre” transitioned into “mērie” in Middle English. During this period, the meaning of “merry” expanded to include a sense of joy, happiness, and cheerfulness. It began to be associated with festive and joyful occasions.
- Modern English: Over time, “mērie” evolved into the modern spelling “merry” while retaining its sense of happiness and joy. Today, “merry” is commonly used to describe a cheerful and lighthearted mood, particularly during festive seasons like Christmas when you often hear the phrase “Merry Christmas” as a wish for a joyful holiday.
Play Competitive Wordle Against Me!
I’ve been playing a cutthroat game of PvP Wordle against my nemesis Wordle But. Now you should play against me! I can be your nemesis! (And your helpful Wordle guide, of course). You can also play against the Bot if you have a New York Times subscription.
Here are the rules:
- 1 point for getting the Wordle in 3 guesses.
- 2 points for getting it in 2 guesses.
- 3 points for getting it in 1 guess.
- 1 point for beating me
- 0 points for getting it in 4 guesses.
- -1 point for getting it in 5 guesses.
- -2 points for getting it in 6 guesses.
- -3 points for losing.
- -1 point for losing to me
You can either keep a running tally of your score if that’s your jam or just play day-to-day if you prefer.
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