The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#428 – August 21, 2022) is waste. Apart from the definitions we’ve supplied above, the word could also mean a vast, empty expanse, or a gradual loss by use, wear, or decay (as in wasting away). Waste could also describe material rejected during a manufacturing process, or refuse and excrement from places of human or animal habitation (via Merriam-Webster). Like in the case of “GTA,” it also means to injure severely or to totally ruin or damage something.
The word waste has roots in Anglo-French and Old North French “gaster” or “gâter,” which means “to waste, squander, spoil, ruin.” It also has origins in Latin “vastare,” which means to “lay waste,” and from “vastus,” which means empty or desolate (via Etymonline). If you started with the WordleBot’s favorite starting word, crane, you’d have gotten two out of five letters right. We started guessing with WordleBot’s new favorite word, slate, as the first guess, and it paid off nicely as well. Listening to WordleBot isn’t a waste of time, after all.