Wordle: Everything you need to know about the word game taking over the planet


What is wordle? I guess by then you are probably at least vaguely aware of the viral pun that is invading our planet. But in case you want information on its origins, here’s everything you need to know.

What is Wordle?

Wordle is an everyday word game that you can find online here. It’s fun, simple and, like a crossword, can only be played once a day. Every 24 hours there’s a new word of the day, and it’s up to you to find out what it is. The site itself does a fantastic job of explaining the rules:

This game is so good.


Wordle gives players six chances to guess a randomly selected five-letter word. As shown above, if you have the correct letter in the correct place, it appears green. A correct letter in the wrong place appears in yellow. A letter that is not in the word in any the stain appears gray.

You can enter a total of six words, which means you can enter five hot words from which you can learn clues about the letters and their locations. Then you have a chance to use these tips. Or you can try the performance and guess the word of the day in three, two or even once.

Simple stuff, but also incredibly convincing.

So it’s a pun? Big deal…

Yeah, it’s just a pun. But it’s super popular: more than 300,000 people play it daily, according to the New York Times. This popularity may seem disconcerting, but there are a few small details that have everyone going absolutely crazy about it.

There is only one puzzle per day: This creates a certain level of stakes. You only get one hit at the Wordle. If you get it wrong, you have to wait until tomorrow to get a whole new puzzle.

Everyone plays the exact same puzzle: This is crucial, as it makes it easier to ping your friend and discuss the riddle of the day. “Today was tough!” ” How did you do ? ” “Did you understand?” Which brings us to the next point…

It’s easy to share your results: Once you have passed or failed the puzzle of the day, you are invited to share your Wordle journey of the day. If you tweet the image, it looks like this…

Note that the word and letters you have chosen are hidden. All that is shown is your journey to the word in a series of yellow, green and gray boxes.

It’s very convincing. If you get it easily, maybe on the second or third try, there’s an element of jubilation in which you must show your followers how smart you are and share.

If you get it by the skin of your teeth the sixth time around, that’s a cool story too. But above all, the puzzle itself is not spoiled.

So Wordle isn’t just a word game, it’s a conversation starter and a chance to show off on social media. That’s why it’s going viral.

Tips and tricks

If you’re a pun purist, you might want to avoid the following tips and rely entirely on your own instincts. For anyone who is tired of seeing gray boxes, here are some tips you might find useful.

Choose your first word: The first word is arguably the most important. To maximize the value of your opening gambit, choose a word with three vowels and five different letters. A few examples: prayer, media, radio. I always use “farewell” for some reason. It’s a habit and I refuse to break it.

I just finished reading a fascinating article by Tyler Glaielprogrammer and game designer who tried to find the best starting word possible. Apparently, we should all start Wordle with the word “roate”. Honestly, read this entire article, it’s awesome.

Avoid reusing gray : There is a keyboard at the bottom of the Wordle board that shows which letters are green, yellow, and gray. Avoid reusing letters that have turned gray. Yes, that seems obvious. But it can take time and effort to think of five-letter words that don’t use letters you’ve tried before. This effort will pay off.

The letters can appear twice: This complicates things, especially when you run out of letters to try word four or five. But the letters come up often, as with words like chill, sissy, and ferry having been the correct answers in the past.

Who created Wordle?

Wordle is the work of software engineer Josh Wardle, who originally created the game for his partner, a fan of word games, and tells the BBC it will never be loaded with ads. Extremely online people might remember Wardle as the creator of Place, a completely wild collaborative art project/social experiment that sent the internet into a frenzy in April 2017.

Place was a shared online space that literally allowed anyone to fight for what was drawn there. This has resulted in huge sprawling communities fighting for space on this gigantic online canvas.

In the end it ended up looking like this:

Image from the Place online space

Do you remember Place? It was a crazy time.


Wordle was featured in The New York Times in November, but really took off when the sharing element was added.

In a post on Reddit, Wardle said he wanted Wordle to look like a croissant, a “tasty snack” enjoyed every once in a while. This is explicitly why there is only one puzzle per day. “Appreciated too often,” he explained, “and they lose their charm,” says Wardle.


Acquisition of the New York Times

At the end of January, creator Josh Wardle sold Wordle to the New York Times for a number “in the low seven digits”.

Wardle noted that his “game got bigger than I ever imagined” and added that he was “just one person”.

The game will eventually become part of The New York Times subscription puzzle service, but Wardle made sure Wordle would remain free and current footage would be preserved in motion.

“It’s important to me that as Wordle grows it continues to provide a great experience for everyone,” Wardle said. “Given this, I am incredibly happy to announce that I have reached an agreement with The New York Times to have them support Wordle management go forward.”

Wordle hasn’t gotten tougher since joining The New York Times

This is simply not the case! Come on people!

According to the New York Times: “Nothing has changed in the game,” Times communications director Jordan Cohen told CNET in an email.

If you look at the game’s script, you can see that The New York Times made no significant changes to the game.

Word clones…

Since the success of Wordle, there have been clones. Lots of clones. Some have been cynical money grabs, but a lot of them are unique and interesting alternatives.

  • World prompts you to guess the countries based on their outline.
  • Quarrel is a Battle Royale multiplayer version of Wordle.
  • Dordle requires you to solve two Wordles at once.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. here is a fairly extensive list of puns you can check if you are tired of the original.


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