Wordle’s Prototype Word List Contains Extremely Obscure Words

Wordle asks players to guess a common five-letter word, but the web-based puzzle once featured some incredibly advanced and bizarre solutions.

While wordle offers a challenge to even the most studied linguists, the game’s word list once included even more obscure words. The web-based puzzle asks players to deduce a five-letter word through trial and error, with a new solution offered each day. Although there were many difficult words in wordle Since the title launched in October 2021, some five-letter English words have been deemed too difficult for the game.

While software engineer Josh Wardle created and published wordle in 2021, the creative puzzle was purchased by The New York Times in early 2022. The objective of the game is to guess a five-letter word in just six tries, with each incorrect guess telling players which letters were correct and if they were in the right position. The web-based title features only one solution per day, and the solution is the same for all players. It transformed wordle in a social experiment, leading to scenarios like Pokimane’s wordle fail on Twitch where viewers already know the solution.


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Wordle’s five-letter solutions provide a challenge for players, but Axios writer and Twitter user Stephane Totilo reports that the game could have been much harder. Creator Josh Wardle recently spoke at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and he detailed an early version of the game created in 2013. While Wordle’s the user interface was largely the same, the game’s solution list originally included extremely esoteric five-letter words like “yrneh” and “bwazi”. A report of Kotaku reveals that the list of solutions was eventually whittled down by Wardle’s partner, who classified an entire dictionary of words by obscurity.

wordle can be a challenge even without words like “rozit” and “emyds”, but one clever gamer found a way to easily solve the puzzle. In February, the talented Reddit user unveiled a 3D printer robot that can solve wordle, although the process of building such a machine is apparently very complicated. The release would combine the Duet RepRap V3 printer user interface with RaspberryPi computer image processing software, allowing the robot to read a phone screen. The result is a 3D printer capable of processing wordle UI, generate optimal guesses and enter them automatically.

Thanks to the objective and simple social aspect of the online puzzle, wordle became a pop culture sensation. A key part of the game’s appeal is that its solutions are typical words, allowing almost anyone to pick up a phone and try it out for themselves. Unusual words like “dawts” would have done wordle incredibly niche, so Josh Wardle has wisely narrowed down the list of potential solutions.

Next: The Psychology of Wordle: Why Knowing It’s “Hard” Makes Things Easier

Sources: Stephen Totilo/Twitter, Kotaku

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