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Word 640 4/6
One of my favorite college classes, “Introduction to Language Change”, is always a source of stress and confusion – even though it's in my major and offered explicitly at the introductory level. I love how much of the course consists of solving complex linguistic puzzles with no application outside of the course. Unfortunately, while I don't, to be exact, No good at puzzles, I'm definitely not good at them, or even blessed with average solving abilities compared to the other students.
The professor might provide us with two long columns of words in related languages — say, Hungarian, and the ancient language they came from — and ask us to identify the patterns by which older words evolved into later forms. Perhaps the vowel sounds ending ancient words were lost on a trip to modern Hungary, for example. I'm good at finding patterns between word lists. The problem is that they are often odd patterns that occur in our data samples by sheer chance, such as patterns that fundamentally violate accepted principles of language evolution, rather than the much more logical (and correct) patterns my classmates immediately detect. In other words, the conclusion I painstakingly drew was objectively wrong—but not provable from the information I've been given. It's annoying for everyone.
I was reminded of this class and my tendency to throw myself headfirst into assignments, confidently employing completely wrong strategies, and my hasty attempts to retroactively approach problems as I thought the logical (and correct) person would be. maybe when I open this, my first Wordle puzzle. I know the purpose has something to do with the words, from the name. But what does “-le” represent? Let's make some words from the same set of letters? Possible. I destroyed some popular letters: EATSR. It's not a word, Wordle tells me.
Yes I know! I'm not trying to make up words, just trying to guess some of the letters that often occur in words! As for what I think will happen next, I'm not sure. I guess Wordle will tell me that I have correctly guessed the random set of letters from which I should form many other words, which are objects of Wordle. Thankfully, Wordle doesn't even accept my first attempt as evidence of human effort; my score is not affected.
Perhaps to prove to Wordle that my version of the Wordle could also be fun, in the next try I used all the same letters, but this time put them together into a word: STARE. Not as fun as I expected, actually. But now something else is happening – my second block has turned yellow. What does it mean? Maybe it's not that I've done a perfect job, because Wordle isn't congratulating me. I thought there must be something special about the letter T but nothing about the other letters; I decided to save it. What's a word with a T and four other letters that isn't S, A, R or E? The only word I can think of is THUMB.
Wordle loved it (somewhat). The T and U are green at this point, which means they're the right letter, in the right place, at the right time. Now I need a word that starts with a T, has a third of a U, and contains an H somewhere in its dark recesses. Only one word can be: TOUCH!
Wrong, said Wordle. Let's try again. Only one word can come to my mind: DIFFICULT! Another A+ for me. Very good.
Sadly, I'm giving this puzzle one star for not being a THUMBS, which is a perfect guess.
Today's word is DIFFICULT. According to Webster's New World College Dictionaryit is an adjective that describes something that can be bent without breaking.
Please play Wordle today before moving on to today's stats, which may include spoilers.
This word is quite challenging due to uncertainty, but strategies can help.
The word contains a common letter pattern with five or six possible answers. Getting the answer within six guesses requires strategic choices at each guess.
Mark Pernice is an award-winning illustrator, art director and designer. He runs the multidisciplinary design studio OOO, with his co-creative director, Elana Schlenker. Pernice injects her personality and style into her brand illustrations using a variety of details, textures and messages. “I'm not really into making obvious illustrations, and I don't want to resort to overused visual iconography unless there's a nice bit of surprise or mystery,” he said in an interview with That's good.
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