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The Rules of Wordle Explained

Here's a breakdown of the rules in Wordle.
Here's a breakdown of the rules in Wordle. / Brandon Bell/GettyImages

A defining social media trend thus far in 2022 has revolved around those darn yellow, green and gray boxes.

For most, the cycle of discovering the viral five-letter word game is as follows: you get annoyed by the seemingly cryptic box emoji Tweets, you find a link to the game, and you incorporate Wordle into your daily routine. Here's a breakdown of the rules in Wordle.

The Rules of Wordle Explained

As explained once players first load up the website, Wordle invites players to guess a five-letter word in six tries. Each try has to be an actual word, of course.

To add some flavor and fun to the mix, each valid guess gives players hints as to whether they're steering hot or cold in the form of colors.

A hidden rule is that any of the letters can indeed end up being used in multiple spots (e.g. KNOLL).

After each attempt, each letter in the guess will either turn:

  • Green: it is in the word and in the correct spot
  • Yellow: it is in the word but not in the correct spot
  • Gray: it is not in the word at all

This is why when people tweet their Wordle scores, the boxes can used to how they got solution (if at all) without giving it away.

If you don't have a full green row by the sixth guess, then you have failed the Wordle for the day and will have to wait until the next one releases.

That's all that there is to Wordle. It can be played on any device that has a web browser, and has a new word that everyone is looking to find every 24 hours.