We live in a fast-paced culture where change happens so fast it’s hard to keep up. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the impact this might be having on our collective psyche — and on our individual well-being. Ten years ago, in 2013, who could have foreseen everything that would happen in the intervening years? If you had told me that Donald Trump would be president, I would have laughed at you.
Alongside major, global events like the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems like the culture itself has changed and is constantly changing in such monumental ways. The rise of mobile phones and social media has completely changed the way we interact with each other. Entire generations are growing up with iPads and smartphones and Instagram accounts. In another ten years, Facebook and Instagram could be dead – the social media of dinosaurs will be replaced by something we can’t even fathom yet.
The cultural changes are just as scary. It is almost impossible to try to keep up with what is considered socially acceptable, what could lead to ‘cancellation’ and what children are up to at any given time. Imagine if someone told you in 2013 that in the future we would spend a lot of time trying to figure out each other’s pronouns. You would probably be quite confused. Times are changing and often for the better, but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming.
One thing that stays the same every day of the week? The Rules for Wordle. You get six tries to figure out a five letter word. Green boxes mean you have the right letter in the right place; Yellow boxes mean you have the right letter in the wrong place; and gray boxes mean you received the wrong letter. Use this information to guess and win.
How to solve today’s Wordle
The hint: We send these to each other regularly.
The hint: There are more vowels than consonants in this word.
The answer (spoilers):
It’s one of the high tech words we’ve been using since the early days of Wordle, which I guess got me thinking about time and change and the rapid evolution of technology and language in the modern era. It’s insane to think the word “email” has been around since the 70’s — and just as insane to think what a short chunk of time that is, given how long humankind has been on this planet (which again only a drop in the bucket compared to the age of the earth itself).
Oddly enough, I chose a very old, antiquated thing for my opening tip. In a game of Semantle, fairy would be far from it E-mail. Nevertheless, it gave me two correct letters here. I figured the ‘AI’ would probably stick together and moved it one space to the right Spot, which got me both in green as I had hoped. Unfortunately I had five possible answers left and no new letters. The words that stayed were: claim, plaid, email, quail And to use. I had five words and only four more guesses, so I tried to eliminate a few by guessing at once suppress, what would tell me if quail it was possible whether the word had an “L” and an “E” at the same time or not. Indeed, the ‘E’ popped up, narrowing my options down to just one: E-mail for the win!
Unfortunately I lost against Wordle Bot today. He did it in just three. That’s -1 for losing and 0 for getting the wordle in four. I’m in the red today, dear readers! boo!
I asked ChatGPT to explain the origin of the word “email” and this is the answer:
The term “e-mail” is short for “electronic mail”. The word “mail” has been used for centuries to refer to the transportation of letters or messages from one place to another. The word “electronic” refers to the use of electronic devices and technology.
The first recorded use of the term “email” dates back to 1972 when an engineer named Ray Tomlinson sent the first email message over the ARPANET, a precursor to the Internet. Tomlinson chose the @ symbol to separate the username from the destination address in the email address format, and he used the term “email” to describe this new way of electronic communication.
The word “email” quickly caught on and was widely used to describe electronic messages sent over computer networks. Today, it’s a ubiquitous term used to refer to electronic communications of all kinds, including messages sent through social media platforms and messaging apps.
It’s funny how these things happen. If a symbol other than @ was used, we could send all emails and tweets and everyone else with a different symbol.
Play world against me!
I was playing a cutthroat PvP Wordle game against my nemesis, Wordle But. Now you should play against me! I can be your nemesis! (And of course your helpful Wordle guide).
Here are the rules:
- 1 point for getting the Wordle in 3 guesses.
- 2 points for getting it in 2 guesses.
- 3 points to get it in 1 installment.
- 1 point for hitting Erik
- 0 points for getting it in 4 guesses.
- -1 point for getting it in 5 installments.
- -2 points for making it in 6 attempts.
- -3 points to lose.
- -1 point for losing to Erik
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