How Wordle is making my vocabulary better, and my patience worse

The popular word game is both fun to play and educative.

Kayleigh Fraser
2nd March 2022
Image credit: Twitter @ehasanulkadir
It may be annoying, it may be frustrating, but you can't deny that it makes you think. Worldle is the ultimate brain tease.

A couple of weeks ago I started seeing multi-coloured squares on my Twitter feed. Mostly, they had no explanation. Some said 'I did so well today!'. Others groaned, announcing 'I can't believe I didn't get that one.'

For a couple of days, I was confused. I dared not ask what these ominous squares meant because I already felt like I was way too behind on a trend that began ages before me. That was until I saw someone make a directed post towards Wordle - I was in.

I immediately found myself on the site and attempted to figure out that day's word. Admittedly, I wasn't too bad at it and got it in five tries and posted my result on Twitter. My friend took notice of this and messaged me right away 'Saw that you've become a Wordle player now.'

Since then, I've been in a cycle of waiting for the new Wordle at 12am and not sleeping until I've solved it. Some days are easier than others. 'Shake' was a solution, as well as 'Robin'. It's my new toxic trait.

But, then you have those days where the solution is 'Cynic' and 'Caulk'. Difficult solutions, yes, but who knew that caulk was a material used to seal joints? Definitely not me. That's the beauty of Wordle.

It annoys me to death but at the end of the day, I usually learn a new word.

It annoys me to death but at the end of the day, I usually learn a new word. Even if that new word has me swearing at my phone, it's still a fun game to play every night. Plus, it makes sure I talk to my friend every day about what that day's Wordle was like and whether we solved it. (Spoiler, she always solves it when I give up.)

The game is a wonderful collective learning tool. It brings people together on social media, joyous with their success or on the verge of tears because humour was used as a solution, but as the American spelling of 'humor'. I wasn't happy about this either...

If I'm feeling extra chaotic, sometimes I'll play Quordle. It's Wordle, except you have to solve four at once. 0/10, do not recommend as it's impossible and I always lose.

So, overall, yes. Wordle does improve my vocabulary. Instead of using the same words of 'mood' and 'same' whenever I chat to anybody, I can tell them that caulk is a material used to seal joints. Worldle is my new superpower.

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AUTHOR: Kayleigh Fraser
Campus Comment Sub Editor for 2021/22 and Head of News at NSR. English Literature Student heavily obsessed with politics, bath and body works and making positive change. Also slightly infatuated with iced coffee, guinea pigs, my dog and binging The Simpsons.

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