April has begun with some wrinkles for your humble Wordle guide narrator. While it’s lovely out and Spring has finally, at long last, sprung, I woke up April 1st with a massive hangover. Not from alcohol, mind you, just from life. A migraine, perhaps, but certainly all the component pieces of a hangover in the traditional sense: nausea, splitting headache, weakness, skin-crawling sensations of misery.
Not fun! And not the kind of start to a day or a weekend or a month that leads to productivity or adventure. Something about crippling pain that is also quite deleterious for writing.
Ah well, it happens. It was the universe playing an April Fool’s Day prank on me, I suppose. Perhaps my luck had simply run out after finally guessing a Wordle in just one guess! I’m still a bit exhausted, to be honest, so let’s dispense with further pleasantries and get right down to it. It’s Wordle time!
How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Hint: Chicken, beef, even veggie will do. But this word has many meanings.
The Clue: There are way more consonants than vowels in this word.
I feel a bit silly about today’s word. Spake was a great opener that I wasn’t even sure Wordle would accept. It did and it narrowed my options down to just 22. From here, shock narrowed things further leaving me with just two words. And here’s where things went a bit off-kilter. I really couldn’t think of what else it could be so I started going letter-by-letter and when I came to ‘M’ I thought “Yes, this must be it!” and only realized after the second box turned up grey that STOCK was a much better, more likely, guess. For whatever reason I just forgot about the ‘T’ altogether.
Oh well! That’s zero points for guessing in four and zero points for tying Wordle Bot (who guessed slate / pinot / story / stock) for a grand total of zero. Zero ain’t bad! Could be worse!
Today’s Wordle Etymology (Via ChatGPT)
The word “stock” has several meanings and different etymologies depending on the context in which it is used.
Here are some examples:
- “Stock” meaning a supply of goods:
- This sense of the word comes from the Old English “stoc,” meaning a tree trunk, a post, or a stake, which was used to refer to a supply of timber or other materials for building or fuel. Over time, it came to refer more generally to any kind of supply or reserve.
- “Stock” meaning a share in a company:
- This sense of the word comes from the Middle Dutch “stoc,” meaning a stick or a post, which was used to refer to a tally stick or a certificate of ownership in a business. The word was borrowed into English in the 16th century, and by the 17th century, it was being used to refer to shares in the East India Company and other early corporations.
- “Stock” meaning the trunk or main stem of a plant:
- This sense of the word comes from the Old English “stocc,” meaning a tree trunk or stump, which was also used to refer to the main stem of a plant.
- “Stock” meaning livestock or animals kept for breeding:
- This sense of the word comes from the Old English “stocc,” meaning a trunk or stem, which was also used to refer to the main stem or trunk of a family or tribe. Over time, it came to refer to the animals that were kept as part of a family’s or community’s resources.
In summary, the etymology of “stock” varies depending on its meaning, but it generally has roots in Old English and Middle Dutch.
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).
- 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 Erik
- 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 Erik
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