Today’s winning word is “fishy,” which means for something to literally taste or smell like fish, or figuratively, to arouse suspicion. The original meaning of the word is in the former context, and it’s a diminutive of the word “fish,” which originates from Old English “fisc” (via Etymonline). It was only used for this meaning from the 1500s until the 1800s, when it took on the added meaning of dubiousness or shadiness, possibly based on the slippery quality of fish, or their unpleasant odor.
It only took three tries for us to crack the code, luckily. Our opening guess, “bliss,” turned two tiles yellow and eliminated all but 53 possible answer words. After that, we tried the word “phish,” and although it didn’t color any new tiles, it left only two possible answers — “sight” and “fishy.” We made a lucky third guess, finishing one step ahead of WordleBot. We hope you do better and, like us, round off this week in Wordle on a triumphant note. And since we’re on the topic of fish, you might be interested in finding out how much microplastic you’re unknowingly ingesting when you have seafood.