Still not sure? The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#637 – March 18, 2023) is yacht. Although the word is more commonly used to describe a large watercraft used for leisurely sailing, it is a catch-all term for any recreational watercraft, according to Merriam-Webster. This means that ketch, yawl, schooner or cutter are all types that fall under the same general term: yacht.
Yacht is a unique word in both spelling and pronunciation, so we were particularly interested in learning about its origins. As always, Etymonline provided us with the information we needed. The word has roots in Norwegian jaght or Early Dutch jaght, both from Middle Low German jacht, a shortened form of jachtschip, which literally translates as “ship to chase”.
It was a really lucky day for us. we cracked the code in just three attempts, one less than the daily average. Even WordleBot needed four tries to solve the puzzle, and that knowledge greatly increased our satisfaction; it’s a good day when we beat Bot at his own game. The key was our opening guess, the clutch, which drastically reduced the words from the standard 2,315 possible answer pool to just 49. After the second guess, “match,” the answer was clear. We hope you’ll finish just as fast, or even faster, and if you’re in the mood for more brain games, here are other Wordle-like games you might enjoy.