Three feet. That’s the amount of snow that fell on my little mountain town over the past three days. That’s quite a bit! Enough to shut down schools and plenty of small businesses. The roads were very bad, and the one time I went out while it was snowing I saw multiple motorists stranded on the gentlest of hills. One was spinning out on a completely flat street, unable to cross the road. It was not a pleasant drive despite being quite beautiful.
Friday, the sun returned:
Alright, let’s do this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Hint: A popular way to prepare food.
The Clue: This Wordle ends with a consonant.
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All told, I think this was about as good as I was ever going to do on this Wordle with this opening guess. I had two yellow boxes right off the bat, but struggled to turn that momentum into a winning guess (I count 3 or better as a win; 4-6 as a partial loss).
Chair left me with 93 words remaining and rinse only slashed that down to 9. I probably should have guessed all new letters. Wordle Bot guessed trace (of course, always) and then followed that up with defer, which was lucky and clever. I wised up a bit with drift, which ruled out every possible solution but one: fried, for the win.
Competitive Wordle Score
Wordle Bot guessed in three so I lose a point there. I get zero for guessing in four. -1 total. Oh well!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word ‘fried’ comes from the Old English word ‘frēod’, the past participle of ‘frēogan’, meaning to fry. The root of ‘frēogan’ is also related to the word ‘fry’ in modern English, which has been used in the language since before the 12th century. The process of frying food involves cooking it in hot fat or oil, and this method of cooking has been known by this term for centuries. The etymology reflects the cooking technique’s long-standing presence in the English language and culinary practices. Over time, ‘frēod’ evolved into ‘fried’ as part of the natural linguistic changes that occur in a language, including shifts in vowel sounds and the simplification of word endings.