Wordle goes viral on internet


Ashwin Kishor

Shown here is Wordle #278, where the word CHEST is the solution. Many “Wordle” enthusiasts compared the game to the widely popular word game Scrabble. “You don’t have to download apps or wait for ads in Wordle,” Gavin Murray, eighth grade communications major said.

ADIEU. CHAOS.  ARISE. LEARN.  These words could be recognizable to some players of “Wordle.”

According to CNET, “Wordle” is a daily word guessing game that can be found online. It is fun, simple, and like a crossword, can only be played once a day.

“Wordle” gives players six chances to guess the word of the day.  If a player placed the letter in the right spot, it became green.  If a player placed a letter in the wrong spot, it showed up yellow.  A letter that is not even in the word would show up gray.

While it may have seemed like a silly word game, there are multiple reasons why it gained so much popularity.

“It’s an easy game, you don’t have to download apps or wait for advertisements, and it’s enjoyable.  I think that a lot of people started playing with it and then started sharing their scores on social media, and it just started to circle around all these platforms,” Gavin Murray, eighth grade communications major said.

Another factor of the game’s popularity was that there was only one puzzle per day.  Players are obliged to wait until the next day to get a new puzzle, and in an age where instant gratification was craved, players were forced to wait until the next day to satisfy their “daily Wordle fix.”

According to Vox, Katy Pearce, associate professor in communication at the University of Washington, pointed out a similar effect with Netflix’s runaway hit “Squid Game,” where there was pressure to watch it quickly, as to avoid spoilers.

However, “Wordle” only started as a game created by Brooklyn software engineer Josh Wardle, who wanted to make a word game for his partner and family.  After his family was obsessed with it, he decided to release it to the public.  Soon enough, it seemed like everyone was playing it, and the New York Times ended up buying the game as part of its daily word puzzles.  Players continued to brag about scores, and share various strategies.

“There is a certain combination of five words that will basically get rid of all the letters in the alphabet, those being F-J-O-R-D, G-Y-B-E-S, N-Y-M-P-H, Q-U-I-C-K, and W-A-L-T-Z,” Jack Mersky, eighth grade band major said.  “If you look through these words you will find that there are no repeating letters besides one, getting rid of every single letter besides the rare X and V.”

The game had garnered a lot of attention that spin offs have started to gain traction on the internet.  For example, take a look at “Nerdle”, a “Wordle” spinoff based on the order of operations, where players have to decipher a math equation in six guesses.  Or “Squabble”, which allows players to go head to head with each other, in a race to see who can solve five-letter words the fastest.  Other notable spin offs include “Poetl (a spin off adapted for avid NBA fans), “Dordle,” “Quordle,” and “Octordle (where players have to solve two, four and eight “Wordle puzzles at a time), and “Heardle” (where players have to listen to a songs’ introduction and guess the song in under six guesses.)

“Wordle” had given many people around the world a way to test their word puzzle skills every day.