I found it annoying when people posting their Wordle results began clogging up my Twitter feed.
“The spelling nerds are going wild,” I announced, declaring that I would never play the online game myself.
Two days later I caved and gave it a go, and now I’m hooked.
Dear Wordle, please remember we’re still dealing with a pandemic. Try to be gentle😭
Wordle 219 5/6
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) January 24, 2022
Wait, what the heck is Wordle?
In short, Wordle is a web-based word game which gives you six chances to guess that day’s five-letter word.
Guess a letter correctly and it shows up in green, guess it correctly but in the wrong place and it shows up in yellow.
Solving the puzzle in three guesses is very good, two elevates you to a higher plane than most of your peers, and failure to guess it at all will bring shame upon your family.
From a standing start in October 2021, Wordle has gone on to attain viral status, spawning numerous imitators, a now-banned bot which would reveal the solution each day, and millions of tweets and other social media posts as people share their results.
By the end of December 2021, a reported three million people or so, (many for some reason from Australia and New Zealand), had become hooked on this simple word game created by New York-based engineer Josh Wardle. Wardle recently sold Wordle to the New York Times for a price “in the low seven figures”.
There’s now a travel related version, called Airportle
Travel and Leisurereports that, like Wordle, players get five guesses but instead of a five-letter word, it’s a three-letter airport code. Like JFK or CDG.
If a player does not nail the code in six tries, they’ve lost the game for that day.
According to Travel and Leisure, Scott’s Cheap Flights used Wordle’s open source clone to create Airportle.
What a time to be alive! We spent our whole week building the airport code version of Wordle, and now she’s ready for her debut. Don’t let it flop! ▶️Play at https://t.co/5csxasUcT6 pic.twitter.com/VU2DGPdF6u
— Scott’s Cheap Flights (@scottsflights) January 27, 2022