It’s Saturday at long last! I was quite sick last weekend and I’m happy to report that this weekend I feel like a million bucks. Or, well, a lot more bucks than last weekend in any case.
I don’t have a lot of plans this weekend other than to finish the never-ending list of chores, house projects, yardwork and regular work that I seem to always have, to take advantage of the lovely weather and hike my three doggies, and to watch some good shows and movies. I’m actually quite curious about the new Godzilla show on Apple TV—just one of many you’ll find in my weekend streaming guide—but I’m also really feeling like watching The Lion In Winter with Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton.
I’m also deep into my current book—To Green Angel Tower by Tad Williams—which I’m devouring because it’s just magnificent. But my goodness it’s long! I’ve read hours upon hours over the last two weeks and I’m barely over halfway. (You should check out my Medieval fantasy guide if you want some other good book suggestions!)
So much to read, to watch, to accomplish, and so little time. For now, let’s do this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Word
The Hint: Descartes’s first principle.
The Clue: This word has far more consonants than vowels in it.
See yesterday’s Wordle #880 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.
I am not a fan of my guessing game today. Probe did not do much to earn its definition, barely scratching the dang surface and leaving me with 493 words to choose from. Adieu (which I realized later had the ‘E’ that I already guessed in the first guess) only brought that down to 52. Ouch.
I had a hunch the Wordle might end in ink at this point, and guessed clink to test my theory. I was right, but the word was wrong. All I could think of at this point was think, though I learned later that two words remained. Still, think did the trick! Huzzah!
Big. Fat. Zero. I get zero points for guessing in four and zero points for tying the Bot. 0. Zip. Nada. Zilch.
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “think” has a long etymological history, tracing back to Old English and beyond. Its roots can be found in several Germanic languages, reflecting a common ancestry.
- Old English: The word “think” in Old English was “þencan” or “thencan,” which meant to conceive in the mind, consider, meditate, or to intend. This form is closely related to the Old High German “denchen” and the Old Norse “þekkja,” which had similar meanings.
- Proto-Germanic: Going further back, “þencan” derives from the Proto-Germanic “*þankijaną,” which also meant to think or feel.
- Proto-Indo-European: The Proto-Germanic root is believed to have evolved from the Proto-Indo-European “*tong-,” which meant to think or feel. This root is also the source of the Latin “tongere,” meaning to know, and the Greek “tyngein,” meaning to convince or persuade.
Throughout its evolution, the core meaning of the word “think” has remained relatively stable, focusing on the processes of thought, consideration, and cognition. This deep-rooted history reflects how fundamental the concept of thinking has been to human societies across 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.