Wordle words: The 10 most common American words that could appear in daily puzzle

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    Have you played today’s Wordle yet? As we’ve seen happen in the past, an American spelling for today’s word has British players taking to Twitter to vent their frustration at not being able to guess the five-letter word. What are the most common American words to watch out for on Wordle?

    Wordle began when creator Josh Wardle wanted to make a word puzzle for his partner during lockdown, but now millions of players log on daily to guess the six-letter word and share their scores on social media.

    The creator himself said: “The game has grown bigger than I ever imagined (which I suppose isn’t that much of a feat given I made the game for an audience of one).”

    However, because Wordle is an American game, recently sold to the New York Times for a seven-figure sum, the US English spellings of some words can trip up British gamers.

    Because of subtle differences between American and English spellings for common five-letter words – such as Britons using ‘OU’ instead of ‘O’ in some words – British players can feel cheated by the solution.

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    So, these are some of the most common American spellings of five-letter words (some of which may be six-letter words, according to British spelling) to watch out for.

    Warning: this article contains spoilers for the Wordle puzzle of the day for February 9, 2022!

    The most common spelling difference that pops up in many English five-letter words, is Americans tend to substitute an ‘OU’ for a single ‘O’.

    In British English you tend to see OU more often due to a French influence, whereas American spellings are closer to the original Latin ending of -OR.

    Another common difference between US and UK spellings is words ending in ‘RE’ in British, which sometimes change to ‘ER’ for American spellers.

    For British people, this is another French influence on our language, whereas Americans using the harsher ‘ER’ sound tends to better reflect pronunciation.

    LITER – if a British player guessed LITRE they would have all the right letters in the wrong order.

    FIBER – famed for keeping you regular, if this pops up in your daily Wordle you might be caught off guard by the spelling.

    And, some words are just simplified in US English compared to British English, such as DOUGHNUT – an eight-letter word for Britons – becoming DONUT – an American five-letter possible Wordle solution.

    Published at Wed, 09 Feb 2022 16:17:07 +0000

    Wordle words: The 10 most common American words that could appear in daily puzzle

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