The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#456 – September 18, 2022) is stick. It can function as both a noun and a verb, and describe punishment or the threat of punishment used to enforce compliance to or cooperation with a standard. As a verb, stick means to hold something firmly by adhesion, or to pierce or stab something with a pointed tool. Also, the gearshift of cars are also called sticks, and so are the long pieces of wood used for playing games like pool or hockey.

The word stick has roots in Middle English “stikken,” from Old High German “sticken,” which means to prick (via Merriam-Webster). Today we chose one of WordleBot’s recommended starter words, slate, as the first guess. It was a lucky first guess, since it turned one tile green and another yellow. We followed up with the word stoic, which supplied enough information for us to guess the answer correctly on the third guess. We hope you do it in even fewer tries.

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