Lazy Sunday time! Let’s see what went down on this day in history, shall we?
- 1564: William Shakespeare, the English playwright, was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
- 1616: William Shakespeare, the English playwright, died in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
- 1789: President-elect George Washington moved into the first executive mansion, which was in New York City.
- 1858: The University of Bengal, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in India, was founded in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).
- 1910: Theodore Roosevelt delivered his famous “Man in the Arena” speech at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
- 1920: The Turkish Grand National Assembly was founded in Ankara, Turkey.
- 1940: The Rhythm Club fire, a tragedy that killed 209 people, occurred in Natchez, Mississippi, USA.
- 1968: Students at Columbia University in New York City began a week-long protest against the university’s ties to the Vietnam War and its plans to build a new gymnasium in a public park.
- 1985: Coca-Cola announced that it was changing the formula of its flagship product, which led to widespread public outcry and is now known as the “New Coke” debacle.
- 1993: Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia.
- 2005: The newly-elected Pope Benedict XVI was inaugurated in Rome, Italy.
Alright, now that we’re educated, let’s do this Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Wordle
The Hint: When you’ve spent your last dime.
The Clue: This word ends with a vowel.
This was a tricky one! I really thought it would be tulip! This is one of those words where all my guesses were fine but I still couldn’t pull it off in less than four guesses. Spoke left me with 104 remaining solutions and then I kind of screwed up with sharp, repeating the greyed out letter ‘S’ by mistake. From here it was down to the wire. 8 left and I got tulip and even after that I had to ponder a lot before getting unzip for the win.
My score today: Big fat loss today! Zero points for getting it in four and -1 for losing to the Bot. Boo!
Today’s Wordle Etymology (Via ChatGPT)
The word “unzip” is a compound word formed from the prefix “un-” and the verb “zip”. The verb “zip” originally meant to move or act with speed or vigor, and it came into use in the late 19th century in the United States. The word “zip” was also used to describe the sound of a zipper fastening or unfastening.
The prefix “un-” is used to indicate the reversal or removal of a particular action or state. In the case of “unzip”, the prefix “un-” indicates the reversal or removal of the act of zipping or fastening a zipper.
The earliest known use of the word “unzip” in its current sense dates back to the mid-20th century, specifically to the early 1950s. It became popular with the advent of the zipper, which was invented in the late 19th century but did not come into widespread use until the early 20th century.
Play Competitive Wordle Against Me!
I’ve been playing a cutthroat game of PvP Wordle against my nemesis Wordle But. Now you should play against me! I can be your nemesis! (And your helpful Wordle guide, of course). You can also play against the Bot if you have a New York Times subscription.
- Here are the rules:1 point for getting the Wordle in 3 guesses.
- 2 points for getting it in 2 guesses.
- 3 points for getting it in 1 guess.
- 1 point for beating Erik
- 0 points for getting it in 4 guesses.
- -1 point for getting it in 5 guesses.
- -2 points for getting it in 6 guesses.
- -3 points for losing.
- -1 point for losing to Erik
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