Wordle is not real life

Every morning, Suzi and I have a conversation.

Sometimes she initiates, sometimes I do, but it’s always about the same topic.

Did she figure out Wordle that morning?

Inevitably, she did, and then she shows me the word, because other than the one time I tried it (and failed), I don’t do Wordle. If I did it regularly, I’m sure I’d be pretty good at it — I have a reasonably logical mind and a fair vocabulary — but I do other things before going to work in the morning and the moment’s gone by the time I get home.

But it’s not just Suzi whose results I’m aware of, given the frequency results show up on Twitter … not to mention ideas and tips for which word to start with.

(By the way, is there a Wordle version of the “Wheel of Fortune” strategy of starting with R, S, T, L, N and E?)

It was during one of these scrolling sessions that the question “Does anyone ever fail at this?” actually crossed my mind.

Just as quickly, the answer came: “Of course, dummy, but people who don’t get Wordle aren’t going to post on social media!”

Well, not most of them, anyway.

But even though, in the end, other people being good at Wordle doesn’t damage my self-esteem, it was pretty jarring to have that brief, fleeting moment where it felt like I was looking at perfect Instagram feeds and wondering how everyone else seemed to get it right when I couldn’t.

Fortunately, I got over it in an instant, and am once again fine viewing people’s Wordle scores and lives that look too good to be true (because they are).

Naturally, the rise of Wordle brings with it the rise of think pieces about Wordle. (You know … not the thing above that you just read.) This one from Marc Hirsh was far better than it had any right to be, and these from Anne Helen Petersen and Charlie Warzel were also pretty interesting.

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