We live in a fast-paced culture where change happens so fast, it’s hard to keep up. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the implications this can have on our collective psyche—and on our individual well-being. Ten years ago, in 2013, who could have predicted all that would happen in the intervening years? If you had told me that Donald Trump would become president, I would have laughed at you.
Outside of major, global events like the COVID-19 pandemic, it just seems that culture itself has changed in such monumental ways and continues to change. The rise of mobile phones and social media have completely changed the way we interact with each other. Entire generations are growing up with iPads and smartphones and Instagram accounts. In another ten years, Facebook and Instagram may be gone—dinosaur social media will be replaced by something we can’t even fathom yet.
Cultural changes are equally terrifying. Trying to keep up with what is considered socially acceptable, what might “turn you off” and what the kids are doing at any given moment is nearly impossible. Imagine if someone in 2013 told you that we’d be spending a lot of time figuring out each other’s pronouns in the future. You will probably be quite confused. Times are changing and often for the better, but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming.
One thing that stays the same every day of the week? The rules for Wordle. You get six guesses to figure out a five-letter word. Green boxes mean you have the correct letter in the correct spot. Yellow boxes mean you got the right letter in the wrong place. and gray boxes mean you got the wrong letter. Use this information to guess and win.
How to solve today’s Wordle
The hint: We often send them to each other.
The Clue: There are more vowels than consonants in this word.
The answer (Spoilers):
This is one of the more high-tech words we’ve had since Wordle started, which I guess made me think about time and change and the rapid evolution of technology and language in the modern age. It’s crazy to think that the word “email” has been around since the 70s—and just as crazy to think about how little time that is when you consider humanity’s tenure on this planet (which, in turn, is just a drop in the bucket compared to the age of the Earth itself).
Surprisingly, I chose a very old, obsolete thing for my initial guess. In a Semantle game, fairy would be too far from E-MAIL. However, here he gave me two correct letters. I thought the ‘AI’ would probably stick together, and moved them a space to the right stain, which got me both greens as I had hoped. Unfortunately, I still had five possible answers and no new letters. The words that remained were: claim, checkered, email, quail and take advantage. I had five words and only four other guesses, so I tried to eliminate a couple right away by guessing I pay who would tell me if quail it was a choice whether or not the word had an “L” and an “E” at the same time. Sure enough, the ‘E’ appeared, narrowing my options down to just one: e-mail for the win!
Alas, I lost to Wordle Bot today. He got it in just three. That’s -1 for the loss and 0 for taking Wordle to four. I’m in the red today, dear readers! Boo!
I asked ChatGPT to explain the origin of the word “email” and this is the answer:
The term “email” is short for “electronic mail”. The word “post” has been used for centuries to refer to the transportation of letters or messages from one place to another. The word “electronic” refers to the use of electronic devices and technology.
The first recorded use of the term “email” dates back to 1972 when an engineer named Ray Tomlinson sent the first email message over ARPANET, a precursor to the Internet. Tomlinson chose the @ symbol to separate the username from the destination address in the email address format and used the term “email” to describe this new form of electronic communication.
The word “email” quickly became and widely used to describe electronic messages sent over computer networks. Today, it is a ubiquitous term used to refer to electronic communication of all kinds, including messages sent through social media platforms and messaging applications.
Funny how these things happen. If a symbol other than ‘@’ had been used, we might all be sending emails and tweets and everything else with some other symbol.
Play Competitive Wordle Against Me!
I have played a spontaneous PvP Wordle game against my enemy Wordle But. Now you have to play against me! I can be your enemy! (And your handy Wordle guide, of course).
Here are the rules:
- 1 point to get Wordle in 3 guesses.
- 2 points to get it in 2 guesses.
- 3 points to get it in 1 guess.
- 1 point for beating Eric
- 0 points to get it in 4 guesses.
- -1 point to get it in 5 guesses.
- -2 points to get it in 6 guesses.
- -3 points for the loss.
- -1 point for losing to Eric
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