We’re officially in the back-half of November, a week out from Turkey Day, 20 days away from Wordle #900 and hurtling toward Christmas. I can dig it.
Yesterday was Wordle Wednesday. Every Wednesday we double up the challenge of a normal Wordle with some kind of brain teaser or riddle. Then, on Thor’s Day I reveal the answer. Here’s what I gave you yesterday:
Three logicians walk into a bar. The bartender asks, “Do all three of you want a drink?”
- The first logician says: “I don’t know.”
- The second logician says: “I don’t know.”
- The third logician says: “Yes.”
The explanation is pretty simple. The key is that the bartender asks if all three of the logicians want a drink. So the third logician knows that if the first or second logician hadn’t wanted a drink, they would have said “No” and since he does want a drink, he can safely say that all three want one. If either of the first two hadn’t wanted one, they could have answered the question posed by the bartender with “no” but since they didn’t know what the next logician would say, they had to answer “I don’t know” even if they wanted a drink. I hope that makes sense.
Alright, Wordle up!
How To Solve Today’s Word
The Hint: Something you do before verifying.
The Clue: This word has a double letter in it.
See yesterday’s Wordle #879 right here.
Wordle Bot Analysis
After each Wordle I solve I head over to the Wordle Bot homepage to see how my guessing game was.
This was a pretty lucky day for me, though chore didn’t start things out all that great. I mean, when are chores great to begin with? What a silly opening guess!
That’s okay. Rainy slashed 155 words to just 11, though I still only had the yellow ‘R’. On the plus side, I knew the word had to have a ‘U’ in it, since I’d eliminated O, E, A, I and Y.
At this point, I figured the ‘R’ probably was in the second box. Lots of words have ‘RU’ in them. My first thought was trump but then I was like, “Nah, let’s keep this column apolitical!” but I went with TRU and waffled between trust and truck for a while, finally deciding that I’d trust my instincts. Sure enough, that was the Wordle!
Just like yesterday, I get 1 point for guessing in three, but 0 for tying Wordle Bot. Huzzah!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The etymology of the word “trust” traces back to Old Norse, reflecting its deep historical roots in Germanic languages. Its journey through time and language is quite fascinating:
- Old Norse Origin: The word “trust” likely originates from the Old Norse word “traust,” which meant “confidence, help, protection.”
- Old English Influence: From Old Norse, it influenced the Old English word “trēowð,” which carried meanings like “faith, faithfulness, assurance, pledge.” This Old English term is related to “trēowe,” meaning “faithful, trustworthy,” which is a derivative of “trēow,” signifying “truth, faith, fidelity.”
- Middle English Development: By the time of Middle English, the word had evolved into “trust,” with its spelling and pronunciation being shaped by the linguistic influences of the time. It retained meanings like “reliance on the truthfulness or accuracy of someone or something,” as well as “confidence, belief.”
- Modern English Usage: In modern English, “trust” encompasses a range of meanings, including the belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. It also refers to an arrangement where a party (trustee) holds property or assets for the benefit of others.
Throughout its history, the concept of trust has been central to social, legal, and personal relationships, reflecting its importance across various aspects of human interaction. The evolution of its meaning also mirrors changes in societal structures and interpersonal dynamics over time.
Play Competitive Wordle Against Me!
I’ve been playing a cutthroat game of PvP Wordle against my nemesis Wordle But. Now you should play against me! I can be your nemesis! (And your helpful Wordle guide, of course). You can also play against the Bot if you have a New York Times subscription.
Here are the rules:
- 1 point for getting the Wordle in 3 guesses.
- 2 points for getting it in 2 guesses.
- 3 points for getting it in 1 guess.
- 1 point for beating me
- 0 points for getting it in 4 guesses.
- -1 point for getting it in 5 guesses.
- -2 points for getting it in 6 guesses.
- -3 points for losing.
- -1 point for losing to me
You can either keep a running tally of your score if that’s your jam or just play day-to-day if you prefer.