It’s finally Friday, and oh what a wintery Friday it is.
It’s crazy snowy here in the mountains. Much of the town is either shutdown completely or running at half-mast. Check it out:
All this snow kind of takes away my motivation to do anything or be productive beyond the basics, so let’s just do this Wordle and then I can get back to doing nothing, shall we?
How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Hint: Sometimes in old movies they refer to bodies with this word.
The Clue: This Wordle has a double letter.
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Kind of a tough word today, and one that describes my general state of being. Stiff, sore, tight muscles. That’s me! Baron was awful as an opening guess, leaving me with 490 words, but heist snuck in and slashed that down to just 3. Stick didn’t do the trick but I made a lucky guess on #4 and walked away with stiff. Huzzah!
Competitive Wordle Score
Shockingly, the Wordle Bot took five today so I get 0 points for guessing in four but 1 point for beating the Bot. Huzzah again!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “stiff” has a rich etymological background that traces back to the Old English period. Originally, it comes from the Old English word “stīf,” which meant rigid or inflexible. This term was used to describe things that were not easily bent or moved, similar to its use today.
The roots of “stiff” can be traced further back to Proto-Germanic, with the reconstructed term *stīfaz, indicating a similar meaning of rigidity or inflexibility. This Proto-Germanic term is also connected to the Proto-Indo-European root *steip-, which meant to press, push, or stamp with the foot, implying a sense of firmness or solidity.
Over the centuries, the word “stiff” has evolved in English to describe not just physical rigidity but also to metaphorically describe situations or conditions that are severe or difficult (e.g., “a stiff penalty”). It has also taken on various colloquial uses, such as describing someone who is very formal or lacking ease in social situations, or in phrases like “stiff drink” to mean a strong alcoholic beverage.
The versatility of “stiff” in English showcases how it has expanded beyond its original physical description to encompass a wide range of meanings, all tied back to the core concept of rigidity or immovability.