Today’s Wordle #898 Hints, Clues And Answer For Monday, December 4th


The very first weekend of December is over. This was the first weekend of Advent as well, and the start of the Christmas season. While the Winter Solstice is still a few weeks away, it certainly feels as though winter has begun. Then again, in the mountains I think winter lasts from the beginning of November to the end of March, and sometimes dips its icy toes into October and April, too.

That means five months of each year are winter, with the other seven divided between summer, spring and fall. But even with all that winter, I still have a hard time adjusting to the cold. It’s not that I even dislike the cold. I actually enjoy wearing thermals and winter coats and beanies. I like how cozy winter can be. A fire on the hearth. Hot coffee and hot cocoa. It’s all very comforting. But I also miss the summer and warm evenings and late sunsets.

Alright, enough rambling. Let’s do this Wordle!

How To Solve Today’s Word

The Hint: Far from the best.

The Clue: This Wordle has more consonants than vowels.




See yesterday’s Wordle #897 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.

Well this could have been worse! Though is there anything worse than the worst?

Can you solve today’s phrase?

I was rather surprised when the vowel-laden adieu came back all grey boxes, though it certainly narrowed down the field as far as vowels were concerned. Unfortunately, 216 words remained.

Porky—as in the stuttering Looney Tunes character, Porky Pig—slashed that number to 9 and gave me an ‘OR’ in green. Nine is still a bunch, and leaves you in an awkward position. It’s unlikely (though not impossible) to guess correctly, but it’s also difficult to know what to guess that will leave you with an obvious answer on your next try.

I honestly just guessed torch because I’m a D&D nerd and I like torches in my fantasy games and books. It wasn’t the right answer, but it left me with just one word: worst for the win! Huzzah!

Today’s Competitive Wordle Score

Alas, Wordle Bot guessed in three today so I lose a point there and get 0 for guessing in four. -1 point for yours truly. Oh well!

Today’s Wordle Etymology

The word “worst” can be traced back to Old English. Its etymology is as follows:

  1. Old English: The word “worst” in Old English was “wyrsa,” which meant “worse” or “more evil.” It was the comparative form of the adjective “wyrse,” which meant “bad” or “evil.”
  2. Proto-Germanic: The Old English “wyrsa” can be traced further back to the Proto-Germanic word “wersiza.”
  3. Proto-Indo-European: The Proto-Germanic “wersiza” is believed to have originated from the Proto-Indo-European root “*wers-” or “*wersu-,” which means “to turn” or “to twist.”

Over time, the word “worst” evolved in meaning to refer to something of the lowest or poorest quality, not just in terms of evil or badness. Today, “worst” is primarily used as a superlative form to compare things and indicate the lowest or least desirable option among a set of choices.

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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