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Yeah, I’m one of *those* people now

After seeing Twitter people piss and moan about other people posting their Wordle scores, I checked it out.

And now here’s me, posting my Wordle scores.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I can’t be arsed to explain. It’s a word guessing game. You can find directions lots of places.

No, I want to talk about strategy.

There is some controversy about the frequency with which letters appear in English words, but the acronym I remember is ETAMOINS. My guess is, S should appear closer to the front (because of plural), but that list is good enough for Hangman-type games.

So, start with a word entirely from those letters. MOIST. NAMES. SMOTE. Something like that. So far (in my whole five tries), I’ve gotten at least one green letter on the first guess.

Use more ETAMOINS letters for the second guess, after which (if you’re lucky) you’ll have enough of the word to make a good final guess.

My first try, I got it in 4 (my starting word was stupid). Then I got in 3. And once, I got it on the second guess. I think the word was ROBOT. It just looked like ROBOT, you know?

Now, I’m not bragging or nothing, but NEENER NEENER NEENER!

Lavendergirl takes it again with Louie Anderson. She heard he was ill and nipped in quick, a venerable Dead Pool strategy. I didn’t have time (read: was too lazy to get out of the comfy chair) to put together a new Dead Pool today, so you have that to look forward to.

We’ll see how many more good picks croak before then. Good weekend, everyone!


Comment from OldFert
Time: January 21, 2022, 8:33 pm

When I took a manual cryptosystems class in the Army, they told us the high-frequency letters in English were ETNORIAS. Also known as SENORITA.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 21, 2022, 8:49 pm

ETAOINSHRDLU are the top ten letter frequencies, in order. At least they were many years ago when I was doing word puzzles where that info was handy. The letter M is kinda rare. I note that my first two sentences contain only one, and I didn’t do that deliberately but only noticed after the writing.

Nowadays, I just do crosswords. American style, please, and the harder the better. I do like the British style, but they’re rarer, and very different.

Comment from Giles
Time: January 21, 2022, 9:25 pm

I find Letterle much more challenging than Wordle: https://edjefferson.com/letterle/

Comment from blake
Time: January 21, 2022, 9:57 pm

Huh. Never heard of it.

Wordle 216 3/6


Comment from Teej
Time: January 22, 2022, 12:27 am

I have honestly never heard of it. But I’m used to Her Stoatieness being so much more au courant than I am.

Uncle Al—Bernoulli Brother! Heh heh I love it. I didn’t comment cause I didn’t see it till we moved on to the lobster post. I’m out of sync with everyone…

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: January 22, 2022, 5:17 am

Well I ain’t doing it. Probably another thing that will help them identify my position as the northeast corner of the upper northeast bedroom.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 22, 2022, 10:46 am

Yeah, I thought the M in ETAMOINS was a little weird. I’d maybe replace it with W. And I still think S belongs nearer the front.

I can’t remember where I got it from. Castle of Doctor Brain, maybe.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 22, 2022, 10:50 am

Meh. Took me four tries today.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 22, 2022, 2:09 pm

Enough about words and Wordle… let’s talk about numbers and numerology:

Tomorrow is 2/2/22: that must signify something, right?

However I is as bad at numerology as I is at Wordle, so I have no idea…

Durnyankee, Armybrat, Deborah, anybody?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 22, 2022, 9:27 pm

@Some Vegetable — As long as we’re looking at numbers, the fact that 2222 base 3 equals 80 base 10 is just as fraught with meaning as a White House press briefing from the Psaki hack.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 22, 2022, 10:34 pm

Surely not, Some Veg – it’s still January – 01. It’ll be 2/2/22 in a month.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 23, 2022, 5:10 pm

Rats… I told you I’m no good with numbers but I hadn’t intended to PROOVE It to everybody.

Comment from Pupster
Time: January 23, 2022, 9:01 pm

Take a look at February 22nd veggie.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 23, 2022, 10:31 pm

@Pupster — Have you ever noticed that TUESday is day THREE of a week on an ordinary calendar?

Comment from blake
Time: January 24, 2022, 8:21 pm

||Have you ever noticed that TUESday is day THREE of a week on an ordinary calendar?||

And THIRDSday is day FIVE?! What a country!

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