Words of the day: Chortle and Wordle

After a long time back with words of the day. Today’s words are chortle and wordle!

Why those words? No reason, just rhyme! πŸ˜ƒ

Chortle is a safe choice as the word already exists in the dictionary, wordle is a bold choice as I decided to go into predictive mode. Assuming it’s going to be added to the dictionary based on its popularity.

Let’s start with the meaning of the words.

chortle
verb : laugh in a breathy, gleeful way; chuckle.
noun : a breathy, gleeful laugh.

wordle
noun (likely) : a daily word game

Nothing better than a story and using new words in sentences as examples for illustration.

Wordle origin has a nice personal touch. Was created by Josh Wardle, a software engineer in Brooklyn, for his partner who loved word games. A friend sent a link to the game about a month ago and being a word enthusiast with a love for puzzles and games gave it a try. Liked it, after couple of words decided to use the “cheat words” or “seed words” approach to save the effort of thinking what first word/s to use as guesses. First choice of cheat words were “iotas” and “nerdy”. Words chosen to cover the vowels and consonants most commonly found in words and also as a nod to software nerds. Later settled on “adieu” and “story” as first two guesses. This approach increases the possibility of finding letters likely to be in the word of the day. But it also means correct guess in least attempts will be 3 unless the puzzle word is one of the cheat words. Found the one word a day limit a bit restrictive and tried “absurdle” for a few days as it had no restrictions on words/day or # of attempts/word. After a few days seemed that the second (and subsequent) bites tasted the same and feeling sated stopped playing after 2 weeks. Nowadays when I have the urge to play word games prefer to play good old Scrabble online against virtual competitors with interesting names! But that’s a story for another time πŸ™‚

I find it mildly amusing that people who play wordle like to post on social media daily how they performed with the word of the day. In recognition of that I would want “Irresistible urge to try word puzzle and post on social media” added as a meaning for wordle when it gets added to the dictionary πŸ˜‰ I can hear chortles greeting this suggestion πŸ˜„

Author: Rajaram 'Raj' Gopalan

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