A bestseller waiting to be written is ‘What Your Wordle Strategy Says About You’. For those living in caves or under water these past few months, Wordle is an online word game of five letters which you have to work out by the sixth try.
Once you have solved it, you then bore your friends and everybody on social media by indicating how many tries it took. Cyberspace is full of these green and black squares which indicate this. Luckily, cyberspace, like a mother’s love is vast and inexhaustible, otherwise it would be pretty clogged up by now.
You begin by pure guesswork, of course. And that is what begins to reveal your personality, height and weight. No, I was exaggerating. The last two remain secret.
You could begin with as many vowels as you can get into the five squares: adieu, bijou, and if it allows, aieou (it won’t, although you can argue that this is the sound made by some to express disappointment, anger, surprise, shock or awe). Wordle is strict – it will tell you immediately if the word doesn’t exist, but it is a strictness mixed with kindness because you don’t lose a turn.
As an aside, there you have it, the new superhero, the Vowelman. In the next round of superhero movies, this will be the guy dressed up like a dictionary who flies (5 letters) round (5 letters), while (5 letters), destroying (more than 5 letters, can’t be used) those (5 letters) using (5 letters) large (5 letters) words (5 letters). Vowelman also helps those below struggling with the game, suggesting a ‘t’ here, a ‘w’ there till the entire population has solved the Wordle puzzle for the day.
Do you begin with a set of vowels? And what does it say about you? That you are soft, mild, musical like the vowels themselves? Or that you are a borrower of things, distributing slips with ‘Iou’ (I owe you) written on them? Vowels make up only twenty percent of the alphabet, and that’s roughly the percentage of the population that is soft, mild and musical.
Is your second attempt related to the first, using the letters that are in the right place (green) or in the wrong (amber), or do you now go with a word that has nothing to do with the first in order to discover what the consonants are? If I am making this sound more complicated than it is, rest assured it is intentional.
Do you aim to finish as quickly as possible or are you happy just to finish? Soon people who are trained to tell you about yourself will be adding this specialisation to their names: Dr So-and-so (Wordle analyst).