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Wordle answer (Friday 26 August 2022): Wordle word of the day #433 and hints

Hints and the answer to today's Wordle word

Looking for the Wordle answer for Friday 26 August 2022? If you can believe it, it's Friday once again! The weekend is basically here, but before you switch your brain off for 48 hours, there's time for one more weekday Wordle. But if you find your little grey cells are a little demob happy already, worry not, because we've got helpful hints for today's Wordle solution laid out below. You can even scroll down below the video to see a full solution and definition.


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Wordle August 26 hints

Need some help getting the Wordle answer today? Here are a few clues to help you out:

  • This word begins with a vowel.
  • It is made up of five unique letters.
  • Take off the last letter and you have the name of a chemical element that's in your body right now.
Looking for an alternative to Wordle? Here are eight of our favourite Wordle-likes to add to your morning puzzle routine.

Today's Wordle answer August 26

It's time to reveal the answer to today's Wordle. The word is...

IRONY.

Isn't it ironic? Well, actually, the lyrics to the Alanis Morisette song "Ironic" describe unfortunate coincidences, which aren't the same thing at all. In conversation, irony works a lot like sarcasm, but irony can also refer to a situation — just not one where you simply didn't get what you wanted. To qualify as irony, the outcome needs to be the opposite of what you might have reasonably expected to happen. The end result is often darkly funny; think a police station getting burgled, for example. It's actually quite fun to look up scenarios that meet the definition of irony, and as an added bonus, it'll keep you entertained until tomorrow when you can safely share the solution to today's Wordle — don't let it slip before, please!


How to play Wordle

Wordle is a very straightforward word guessing game. The aim is to guess the correct five-letter word in just six guesses. With each guess, the individual letters of your chosen word will highlight green if they're in the correct place, or yellow if they're in the wrong place. If a letter doesn't appear in the solution word at all, it'll remain unhighlighted.

Using these clues you can start to narrow down the correct word by figuring out which letters are included in the word and in which positions they belong. Head over to the Wordle site to try it for yourself. Just remember: there's only one Wordle puzzle released per day, so if you want to play again, you'll have to wait until tomorrow.


How did Wordle begin?

Wordle began life as a little family game created by software engineer Josh Wardle. He created the game so that he and his partner could play a fun little word game together during the pandemic, and they quickly realised that there was something quite special in this simple little guessing game. So after a bit of refinement, Wardle released it to the public on his website, Power Language.

The game was released in October 2021, and by the end of the year the game had two million daily players. It became a viral hit, thanks in large part to the ease with which players could share their results in a spoiler-free manner on Twitter and other social media sites. In January 2022, Wardle accepted an offer form the New York Times to acquire Wordle for a seven-figure sum. Well done, Mr Wardle. Well done indeed.


Are any Wordle words not allowed?

You can type in pretty much any five-letter word in the English language and Wordle will accept it as a guess. However, the answer is picked each day from a much smaller list of more common five-letter words. There are still thousands of possible answers, of course, but it means the answer will never be a word as obscure as, say, "THIOL", or "CAIRD", or "MALIC" (yes, those are all real words).

There are very occasional words which the New York Times will choose not to publish as the day's Wordle answer, perhaps for reasons relating to recent news or politics. For example, shortly after news broke that Roe v Wade might be overturned in the United States, the NYT decided to change the March 30th word from "FETUS" to "SHINE", as the feeling was that the word "fetus" was too politically charged a word in the context of recent events.

The New York Times has also been careful never to allow what they consider to be rude words as the answer to a Wordle puzzle. But of course there's nothing stopping you from using even the dirtiest of words as guesses, as long as they're accepted words in the dictionary, and as long as you realise that they'll never end up being the answer.


Is Wordle getting too easy for you?

If Wordle is starting to get too easy, there are a few ways you can make the game more challenging for yourself. The first choice is to turn on Hard Mode. You can do this on the Wordle site by clicking the cog icon in the top-right of the screen. Hard Mode means that any highlighted letters must be used in all future guesses. This stops you from using the common tactic of choosing two words like "OUNCE" and "PAINS" to test all five vowels early on.

You can take it up another notch by playing by what we call "Ultra-Hard" rules. This means that every guess you enter must potentially be the answer. If you were just playing on Hard Mode, and you typed "MOIST", and the "O" appeared yellow, then nothing would stop you from making "POLAR" as your next word, even though it couldn't possibly be the answer because you already know the "O" is in the wrong place. If you play by "Ultra-Hard" rules, that's not allowed. You must adhere to every clue, and make sure every single word you enter is potentially the answer.

If after all that Wordle is still too easy for you, then you could always try one of the many other Wordle-inspired games online that have cropped up over the past year. One of our favourites is Worldle, in which you must guess a country of the world based on its shape. There's also Waffle, which is about swapping letters in a completed grid to complete all the words; Moviedle, which shows you an entire movie in a tiny space of time and challenges you to guess the movie within six guesses; and Quordle, which tasks you with solving four Wordles at once with the same guesses.


If you feel like your word puzzling technique could use some improvement, take a look at our guide to the best Wordle starting words to see if you can shave a couple of guesses off your daily stats! We also keep a list of all the past Wordle answers for your ease of reference.

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