We’ve come back to Monday, folks. Just like that, Veteran’s Day weekend is over, though it was nice to have a three-day weekend for the kids. I can barely tell the difference between weekdays and weekends anymore. If I didn’t write this column, I’d surely lose track of the days.
But for many out there, Monday is a return to the daily churn, the weekly grind, climbing the ladder and, uh, various other expressions we use to describe our labors. Hopefully you have a job you love and then it’s not even really work at all! (That’s not entirely true, but it’s certainly close to the truth).
Alright, enough tongue-wagging. Let’s do this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Word
The Hint: Envy.
The Clue: This word has a double letter in it.
See yesterday’s Wordle #876 right here.
Wordle Bot Analysis
After each Wordle I solve I head over to the Wordle Bot homepage to see how my guessing game was.
I guessed padre because it’s an oft-mentioned location in the TV series Fear The Walking Dead, which is wrapping up its final season next weekend. In my latest review of the show, I suggested that its creators apologize to the Spanish-speaking community for ruining the word padre—a feat I never thought possible for such a normal word.
Well padre left me standing with 164 possible solutions—yuck—and hoist didn’t do much to drag that number down. (Of course, I didn’t know how many at the time, this is all data I get when I go to Wordle Bot afterwards).
Lots of grey boxes and only two yellow. I guessed cruel—as in fate—and that finally gave me my two yellow letters nice green homes. In fact, I thought, could today’s Wordle be . . . green?
I get 0 points for guessing in four and -1 for losing to the Bot, who got it in three. -1 for me. Oh well!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “green” has a rich etymological history, tracing back to multiple languages and evolving over centuries. Its roots can be primarily found in the languages that form the Germanic and Indo-European language families.
- Old English: “Green” in Old English was “grēne,” which also meant young, immature, or fresh. This usage is akin to describing unripe fruit.
- Proto-Germanic: The Old English “grēne” is believed to have come from Proto-Germanic *grōniz, which also led to similar words in other Germanic languages, like Old Saxon’s “grōni,” Old Frisian’s “grēne,” and Old Norse’s “grœnn.”
- Proto-Indo-European Roots: Going further back, it’s likely that “green” originated from the Proto-Indo-European root *ghre-, which means to grow or to develop. This root is also the source of words in other Indo-European languages, like Ancient Greek’s “khloros” (pale green, greenish-yellow), Old Church Slavonic’s “zelenŭ” (green), and Lithuanian’s “žalias” (green).
Through these linguistic evolutions, “green” has maintained a close association with the concepts of growth, freshness, and the natural world, particularly with vegetation and the characteristic color of plant life.
Play Competitive Wordle Against Me!
I’ve been playing a cutthroat game of PvP Wordle against my nemesis Wordle But. Now you should play against me! I can be your nemesis! (And your helpful Wordle guide, of course). You can also play against the Bot if you have a New York Times subscription.
Here are the rules:
- 1 point for getting the Wordle in 3 guesses.
- 2 points for getting it in 2 guesses.
- 3 points for getting it in 1 guess.
- 1 point for beating me
- 0 points for getting it in 4 guesses.
- -1 point for getting it in 5 guesses.
- -2 points for getting it in 6 guesses.
- -3 points for losing.
- -1 point for losing to me
You can either keep a running tally of your score if that’s your jam or just play day-to-day if you prefer.