Maine CDC Director Dr. Shah Weighs in On Wordle
Have your Facebook and Twitter feeds been inundated with tiny squares? A mysterious pattern of grey/black, yellow, and green squares that means absolutely nothing to you?
This game has the world in its grasp and for good reason, it's a lot of fun!
First, know that this is not an app. If you simply Google "Wordle" it'll bring it right up in the first link and you'll see that Google even changes its logo to match the Wordle aesthetic.
There is only one Wordle game a day and everyone playing that day is playing for the same word. There are no hints to start you simply have to guess a random 5-letter word.
That's not to say there isn't a strategy, however. Starting off a word with multiple vowels or common letters (think about the final game in Wheel of Fortune) will help.
Once your word has been entered you'll see those letters highlighted in one of three colors: gray means that letter is not in the word you're trying to guess, yellow means the letter is in the world but in the wrong place, and green means the letter is in the word and in the correct place.
Keep guessing until you figure out the word or you run out of tries. And yes, letters can repeat such as "shoot" or "rally".
Dr. Nirav Shah
Dr. Nirav Shah became a household name in Maine due to his role as being the CDC Director for the State of Maine. Having that role during a global pandemic is either great timing or terrible timing depending on how one looks at it.
Wednesday afternoon there was a COVID briefing. Mal Meyer of WGME tweeted out this very important question, "I won’t be on today’s briefing but can someone ask @nirav_mainecdc how he feels about wordle?"
To which Dr. Shah responded in the best way possible:
This, of course, references how everyone got bored in 2020 and attempted to make sourdough bread and later sea shanties became popular particularly on TikTok.
This Tweet also recently went viral.
Dr. Shah continued to note that Wordle ranks higher (and with Tiger King) than Toilet Paper Hoarding and Squid Games.
So there you have it. Wordle is officially endorsed by Dr. Shah for 2020 too. I mean, 2022.