Monday returns as lazy Super Bowl Sunday fades into memory. It’s the beginning of the work week, but also a good time for a blast from the past. Before we get to today’s Wordle, here are some big historical events that took place on February 12th throughout history:
- 1809: Abraham Lincoln’s Birth – Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, known for leading the country during the Civil War and issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, was born on this day in Hardin County, Kentucky.
- 1809: Charles Darwin’s Birth – On the same day as Lincoln, Charles Darwin, the English naturalist, geologist, and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution, was born in Shrewsbury, England. His work “On the Origin of Species” introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection.
- 1818: Chile’s Declaration of Independence – Though the formal declaration was signed later, February 12 marks the day when Chile began its fight for independence from Spain with the Battle of Chacabuco.
- 1909: The Founding of the NAACP – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded on February 12, 1909, the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. It was established to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
- 1924: First Performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” – “Rhapsody in Blue,” one of George Gershwin’s most famous compositions, had its premiere in a concert titled “An Experiment in Modern Music” in New York City’s Aeolian Hall.
- 1973: The Release of American POWs in Vietnam – Operation Homecoming began, during which the first group of American prisoners of war (POWs) were released from the Vietnam War. Over the next two months, 591 American POWs were returned.
- 1999: President Bill Clinton Acquitted – U.S. President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice related to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
I didn’t even realize that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were basically twinsies. It’s also kind of wild to think about how recent their lives were. 1809 is just over 200 years in the past. Both Lincoln and Darwin weren’t doing all the things that made them famous for another few decades. When I was a kid learning about these men in the late 1980s’ and early 90s’ that was only a little over 120 years after the Gettysburg Address. Sure, that’s a long time but in the big scheme of things, not really.
In any case, it’s Wordle time.
How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Hint: Delicious.
The Clue: This Wordle has a double letter.
Every day I check Wordle Bot to see how I did. You can check your Wordles with Wordle Bot right here.
I guessed foray because it popped into my head and sounded like a pretty good opener. It wasn’t! 435 words remained. Thankfully, spade dug me out of that hole and left me with just two remaining words. I had no idea that there were two left. All I could think of was pasta. Apparently aspic was also a viable option. Go figure!
Competitive Wordle Score
I get 1 point for guessing in three and 1 point for beating the Bot, who actually took four tries today. Huzzah!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “pasta” is derived from Italian, where it means “paste” in the sense of dough. Pasta is made from a mixture of water and semolina or flour, which is then shaped and cooked. The term itself traces back to Latin “pasta” meaning “dough, pastry cake,” from the Greek “pastē” (παστή), which means “barley porridge.” The transition from a term describing a mixture of flour and water to its current use, denoting a variety of dishes made from such dough, reflects the evolution of culinary practices and the spread of Italian cuisine. The Italian word “pasta” entered the English language in the 19th century, reflecting the popularity and adoption of Italian pasta dishes in the English-speaking world.