What is Wordle? And why is everyone playing it?


What is it?

Wordle is daily online word game that everyone is obsessing over. You get six guesses to find out the word of the day and get hints as you insert the letters into the table. The hints you receive are determined upon what words you enter into the table; if the tile turns gray, the letter is not in the word at all. If it turns yellow, the letter is in the word but in the wrong spot, and if it turns green, you have the right letter in the right spot.

You hear it in the hallways, in the classroom, and if someone spoils it, it’s an automatic day ruiner. I’ve listened to my classmates rave about it for the past week and decided it was time to try it for myself. I admit, it was a little hard for me to understand but once I got the hang of it, I couldn’t wait for the next day to guess the randomly selected word.

Strategies I’ve learned while playing.

The first word you enter is the most important, entering words that have the most common letters in it, like “E, A, R, I, O, N, T, and S,” will allow you to figure out if the word is going to be super difficult or easy. So entering words like radio, rotate, or audio are always going to be the best way to go. Another tip I’ve learned is that some letters can appear in the word twice but they will not tell you that. For example, let’s say the word is baggy and you have the letters bagxy (x implying the second to last place), the game will tell you there is a “g” in the word but not how many. My last suggestion for playing is to place x’s in spots you don’t know where other letters go, this will help you see the structure of the word and taking guesses as to what the word could be easier as you go.

My overall outlook on the game.

It might seem crazy to say, but honestly Wordle has brought me a sense of community within me and my friends. It allows us to all have something in common since everyone gets the same word. At lunch, the first thing everyone asks each other is, “did you play Wordle today,” and the answer is always either , “No! I haven’t played yet, don’t spoil it,” or, “Yes, it was actually kind of easy”. It also sparks up conversation with my friends that go to a different school and every day we always share our daily Wordle results with the convenient copy and paste feature in the website.

Giving myself these day to day word challenges has definitely helped me improve my vocabulary and mental heath, and I would recommend it to anyone who is in the search for a challenge.