What is in a word(le)?

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Mon Apr 18, 2022

You must be living under a rock if you haven’t played Wordle or heard about it yet. Though I was aware it was making the news for several weeks, I started playing it just recently. In the first week of April 2022, my younger brother sent me an invite to join a Wordle Whatsapp group, comprising of friends and family. Members of the group solve a Wordle and share their scores daily in the chat group. In a nutshell, Wordle is a web-based word game where the players have six attempts to guess a five-letter word. Developed by the software engineer Josh Wardle, the game gained popularity in December 2021, after the feature to share one’s score was added to the game. It was acquired by the New York Times soon thereafter, and it is freely available for anyone to play. 

As for me, though I started playing Wordle as a pastime, I soon became obsessed with it. So much so, I even started solving Quordle and Nerdle daily. In Quordle, you guess four words in just nine tries. Nerdle is the math variation of Wordle where the players solve a hidden arithmetic equation. I have even formed a Facebook Messenger group consisting of my cousins, nephews, and nieces where we share our Wordle, Quordle, and Nerdle scores every day. This has been a helpful tool for bonding with my friends and family who live across continents and would otherwise hear from each other on birthdays and holidays only.

Currently, I am a part of two Wordle groups. Not everyone in the group is as enthusiastic as I am, about the games. Nevertheless, everyone is hanging in there, some for the love of the games and some for the banter that ensues, from time to time. I can see some of them warming up to the games as days have passed by. I make it a point to share my scores every day and more so when I am not able to solve the puzzle of the day. I want the younger ones in the Wordle group, the youngest one being barely 13 years old, to understand that it is okay to fail. In the rat race that we all are in these days, sometimes we tend to hold ourselves back from trying due to the fear of failing. I want my younger cousins, nieces, and nephews in the group to embrace failure as a one-time event and understand that it is a part of the process too. In its own small way, I hope this will prepare them for their wonderful life journeys ahead. 

Besides, Wordle and its variations have also provided a healthy alternative as something for me to do while surfing the internet during my downtime. These games make me observe, think, analyze, and above all use my brain for a change while strolling the internet. If you are tired of scrolling through Instagram stories endlessly and looking for something fun to do, how about wordling, for a change. And the best part is, it is freely available for you to play.

 

 

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