The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#438 – August 31, 2022) is prize. The word defines something exceptionally desirable, or in war terms, the act of taking something by force or threat (via Merriam-Webster). The word prize has origins in the Middle English word “prisen,” which is itself from the Anglo-French words “priser” or “preiser,” which mean to appraise or esteem. It also derives from the Late Latin “pretiare” or “pretium,” which mean value or price.
Speaking of price, we chose that word as our first guess of the day, since it’s part of WordleBot’s list of recommended starter words. It was a lucky pick since it turned four tiles green out of five. Unfortunately, there are a few more words with that letter arrangement, so we ended up trying pride and prime before guessing prize. That was a bummer, but we hope you do much better.