Another Tuesday, another Wordle. We’re still fresh off the heels of the Super Bowl which was a helluva game, though I’m bummed the 49ers didn’t win. Not that I’m a fan of either team or really care deeply about the outcome, but you have to pick a side and I wanted the team who hadn’t won since the 90s to take this one home. They fought every step of the way.
This Odin’s Day is also Valentine’s Day, so I’ll have to write up some extra lovey dovey Wordle guide tomorrow! Maybe a Valentine’s-themed riddle for Wordle Wednesday . . . .
For now, let’s do this Wordle.
How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Clue: This word has far more consonants than vowels.
Every day I check Wordle Bot to see how I did. You can check your Wordles with Wordle Bot right here.
Was my clue too out there? I figure if you can work out the title of the movie—Get Out—it clues you in a bit toward the Wordle. Get out, scram, etc. Begone! Shoe!
My own guessing game was pretty lucky today. Peach only got me a couple yellow boxes but it turns out just 59 words remained. Clean, unfortunately only slashed that number to five but that’s when my real luck kicked in. I just liked scram over any of the others I could think of. It’s such a great word and you hardly ever hear it! Scram ya pesky kids! Get off my lawn!
Competitive Wordle Score
I get one point for guessing in three and 0 for tying the Bot, who guessed trace / carom / scram. Carom? Seriously? (Note: a carom is a stroke in billiards in which the cue ball strikes two balls successively—and now you know!)
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “scram” originates from the early 20th century, often attributed to American English slang. It is used as an imperative verb meaning “go away” or “leave quickly.” The etymology of “scram” is somewhat unclear, but there are a few theories about its origins:
- Alteration of ‘Scramble’: One theory suggests that “scram” may have originated as a short form or alteration of the word “scramble,” in the sense of moving quickly or hurriedly.
- Possible German or Yiddish Influence: Another theory proposes that it could be derived from a German or Yiddish word. The German verb “schrammen” means to leave quickly or to escape, which could have influenced the English “scram.” Similarly, in Yiddish, “shram” may mean to depart or move away, which also aligns with the meaning of “scram.”
- Military Slang: There’s also a possibility that it originated as military slang during World War I or II, used among soldiers to mean “get out” or “go away quickly,” especially in situations of urgency or danger.
While the exact origin is not definitively known, these theories suggest that “scram” emerged from either a linguistic shortening, borrowing from another language, or as a product of military or slang usage, reflecting the informal and rapid speech patterns of the early 20th century. The word captures the urgency and immediacy of departure, which has allowed it to remain in use to this day for telling someone to leave quickly.