The flooring project continues at my place, and it’s still just the first room. It’s been tricky to fit it in with all the other stuff I have going on, and there’s always a million little things that go wrong or slow you down. Unforeseen obstacles abound.
In any case, now it’s Monday and one of my kids has the day off while the other, who goes to a charter school, has to go. I’ll be working away and hopefully hitting the gym—something I’ve been terrible about.
But before we do all that, let’s bust out this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Word
The Hint: Candid.
The Clue: This word begins with a consonant.
See yesterday’s Wordle #820 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.
Bleh. Not good. Not good at all—though it could have been worse. At least I got the Wordle, even if it did take me five tries.
My opening guess, coral, didn’t do all that well, leaving me with 163 words to choose from (I discovered later when I checked Wordle Bot). Raids only slashed that down to 42, and prune—while it nabbed me my first green boxes—left me with a Sophie’s choice (sort of). Grant was my instinct here, but my instinct was wrong. Frank was the right answer. It’s ironic, in a way. Both are names of celebrities of yesteryear: Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra. Plenty of others.
Of course names are not allowed in Wordle, but frank has another meaning: To be candid and honest and upfront.
I get -1 point for guessing in five and -1 for losing to the Bot, who guessed in four. -2 points for me! Boo!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “frank” has a complex etymology, and its meaning and usage have evolved over time. Here’s a brief overview of its etymology:
- Old English: The word “frank” has its roots in Old English. In Old English, the word “franc” or “franca” referred to a free person or a member of the Frankish people, who were a Germanic tribe that played a significant role in the history of Europe. The Franks were known for their early medieval kingdom, which eventually became part of modern-day France.
- Old French: During the Middle Ages, the word “frank” made its way into Old French as “franc,” where it continued to be associated with the concept of freedom and nobility.
- Middle English: In Middle English, which was spoken in England from the 12th to the 15th century, the word “frank” evolved to mean “free” or “generous.” It was used to describe someone who was open, honest, and generous in their actions or speech.
- Modern English: Over time, the meaning of “frank” in English evolved to refer to being open, honest, and candid in speech or communication. It is still used today to describe someone who speaks their mind openly and honestly. Additionally, “frank” can also mean “free of charge,” especially when referring to postage or mailing.
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.
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