In October 2021, the world changed forever when Josh Wardle released Wordle. (Try saying that five times fast!) Originally, Josh created Wordle as a gift to his partner, Palak Shah, who was really into word games. During the COVID-19 pandemic, one of their little joys was completing the New York Times daily crossword and Spelling Bee.
So, as a gift to her, Josh built Wordle on a simple website as a side project, punning his own last name. “I think people kind of appreciate that there’s this thing online that’s just fun,” Josh said to The New York Times. “It’s not trying to do anything shady with your data or your eyeballs. It’s just a game that’s fun.” It's even spawned spinoff games like Quordle, Squabble, and more.
At first, Wordle just existed as a game for Palak, although Josh eventually began sharing it with his family. By October, he released it to the world and on Nov. 1, just 90 people played. Two months later, over 300,000 people were playing Wordle every day.
It’s so simple! All we have to do is guess a five-letter word within six guesses, using what we know about our previously guessed words to come up with the answer.
Its simplicity and once-a-day mechanism are what made it so popular. “It’s something that encourages you to spend three minutes a day,” he said. “And that’s it. Like, it doesn’t want any more of your time than that.” Then on Jan. 31, 2022, Josh announced that he reached a deal with The New York Times to sell them the game.
"I am incredibly pleased to announce that I've reached an agreement with The New York Times for them to take over running Wordle going forward," Josh tweeted. "If you've followed along with the story of Wordle, you'll know the NYT games play a big part in its origins and so this step feels very natural to me." Apparently, the sale went for a “low seven figures” as part of the NYT’s goal to get 10 million digital subscribers by 2025.
What is the Wordle answer for today, Dec. 8, 2022? It’s puzzle No. 537.
The Dec. 8 Wordle puzzle No. 537 answer is: INFER
Today’s average number of steps to get to INFER is 4.2 as of 7 a.m. EST. According to the Wordle Bot, the best common starting word today is ADIEU, followed closely by RAISE.
According to Merriam-Webster, to "infer" is "to derive as a conclusion from facts or premises."
Today, many people are boycotting Wordle in support of The New York Times union walkout as workers renegotiate a contract. Now you don't have to play either!