The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#429 – August 22, 2022) is merit. As a verb, it means “to be worthy of or entitled or liable to,” according to Merriam-Webster, and as a noun, it can describe a praiseworthy quality, or a character or conduct deserving reward, honor, or esteem. In the theological context of many religions, it also means good deeds or righteous acts done in hopes of a future reward from God.
The word merit has roots in Middle English (originally meaning “deserved reward or punishment”), from Old French, derived from the Latin word “meritum,” which means “due reward.” The English word is probably cognate with Ancient Greek’s “méros,” which means a component, part, or portion.
Today we solved the puzzle in four tries, even though we started with one of the WordleBot’s favorite opening words: crane. WordleBot said it was an unlucky starting point today, as there were still 250 possible solutions after that guess. Not comforting at all, since all we had left were five guesses. But after trying the words Peter and berth, which WordleBot approved of, we landed at merit on the fourth guess. We hope you solve the puzzle in fewer guesses!