A simple word game has suddenly gone viral in the English speaking world. Have you heard of Wordle? It is a simple online word puzzle. You have six tries to figure out the word of the day. If the box is green, that means the letter is in the word and in the correct place. If it is yellow, that means the letter is in the word, but in a different place. If it is gray, that means the letter is not in the word. You can only play once a day and the day’s answer is the same for the entire world.
Recently, this has become a ritual for me and I enjoy the five to ten minutes it takes to figure out the word while I drink my morning coffee. The best part about Wordle is that you can share your results on social media. It won’t give the word away, but will only share your green, yellow, or gray boxes and how many times it took you to guess the word. With so much bad news around the world, it’s fun to discuss with friends on Facebook or Twitter about how easy or difficult it was to guess the word.
You will be more successful at the game if you think deeply about how English words are spelled. Try to use a word with many vowels for your first word. Remember that words usually end with R, Y, E, G, D, L, or K.
We played this game in the Super High School class last night. First they tried the word STONE and then correctly guessed that the word was POINT. I was impressed that they were able to get the answer after only two tries!