It just occurred to me as I was typing up this guide that we are quickly approaching Wordle #666. In just about a week we’ll hit the demonic number and while I doubt very much that we’ll get lucky enough to encounter a thematic Wordle, there are some choice opening guesses available for such a diabolical occasion.
Demon is a dreadful enough choice, as is devil. Both will eliminate some vowels. Satan might be even more on-point thematically, but you have a double ‘A’ which isn’t ideal. Actually, ideal is a pretty good opening guess, come to think of it. Three vowels in that one.
Still, we have some time before now and what very well may be an end-time event. The 666th Wordle coinciding with the apocalypse . . . . Why not?
Until then, tamer Wordles await. Let’s do today’s!
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How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Hint: Army slang.
The Clue: This word ends with a vowel that very rarely ends words.
I suspect this will be a rather tricky word for people. Snafu—or SNAFU—is an abbreviation, after all (see etymology notes below). Sure, it’s become a word in its own right—language evolves in such fascinating ways!—but one that I imagine many people rarely used, even in times where it seems applicable on the daily.
My opening guess wasn’t great. I don’t know why I thought of braid, actually. It just popped into my head and left me with 157 words to choose from. I almost guessed spout for my second guess and then decided I’d guess something a little more funky and went with, well, funky.
This was about as lucky as you can get without getting the right word. Turns out, I only had one guess to go, but of course it took me quite some time to come up with it. Ending a word with ‘U’ is unusual, to say the least (unusual has three U’s but none at the end, for instance). I eventually came up with it and got the win. Huzzah!
That’s one point for guessing in three and zero for tying Wordle Bot (slate / chunk / snafu) for a grand total of 1 point. I’ll take it!
Today’s Wordle Etymology (Via ChatGPT)
The word “snafu” is an acronym that was first used by the United States military during World War II. The acronym stands for “Situation Normal: All F***ed Up.” It was used to describe a chaotic or confusing situation, often one caused by mistakes or miscommunication.
The word “snafu” quickly entered the civilian lexicon after the war and has been used ever since to describe any situation that is disorganized or confused. While the acronym itself is of military origin, the word “snafu” is now commonly used in a variety of contexts.
There are also several variations of the acronym, including “fubar” (Fed Up Beyond All Recognition), “tarfu” (Things Are Really Fed Up), and “sobfu” (Same Old F***ed Up).
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- 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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