Tuesday is named after the Norse god Týr who sacrificed his hand to the diabolical wolf Fenrir. He is a lesser-known, more mysterious cousin to other Norse gods like Odin and Thor and Freyja, but may have once been a much more central figure in the Germanic pantheon.
The mere fact that Týr is invoked in the name of the day Tuesday would suggest that he was once a far more important god. Indeed, some scholars believe that Týr—whose name roughly means the god—could have once been the central deity before being usurped by Odin.
It’s impossible to know with such sparse records, but it’s good fodder for stories. Cast Týr as the central god of the Norse and Germanic pantheon. Cast Odin as a devious interloper who uses his tricks and magic to topple him.
In any case, on to the Wordle!
How To Solve Today’s Word
The Hint: A good thing to have in your kitchen.
The Clue: This word has far more consonants than vowels in it.
See yesterday’s Wordle #814 right here.
Wordle Bot Analysis
After each Wordle I solve I head over to the Wordle Bot homepage to see how my guessing game was.
Ouch. Not a good day for my Wordle guessing game! If you’re playing competitive Wordle against me you should probably get a point out of me today.
My first guess—tamed—left me with all grey boxes and, according to Wordle Bot, 426 words remaining. Yikes!
Boils slashed this number to a much more manageable 17 words, but I was still far from the answer. Spicy could have been spicier, slashing that number down to just 4. But a 1/4 chance isn’t great. I went with frisk but soon learned the answer must be whisk, and sure enough.
I get -1 point for guessing in 5 and -1 point for losing to the Bot, who got it in 3 today. -2! Boo!
Today’s Wordle Etymology
The word “whisk” has an interesting etymology. It ultimately traces its origins to Old Norse and Middle English:
- Old Norse: The word “hviskr” in Old Norse meant “quick” or “sharp.”
- Middle English: In Middle English, “whisk” evolved from the Old Norse word, and it was used to refer to a quick or light sweeping or brushing motion.
Over time, the meaning of “whisk” expanded to include utensils or tools used for mixing or beating, like a whisk used in cooking or a whisk broom for cleaning. These tools were named for the swift and light motions they allow when used.
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 me
- 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 me
You can either keep a running tally of your score if that’s your jam or just play day-to-day if you prefer.
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