Wodge, Modge, Podge?
Muse #393 - the art of overthinking
Spoiler alert: Stop, if you haven’t completed today’s Wordle yet. Come back and read this tomorrow. You have been warned.
Today’s Wordle was the word “DODGE” and I got it on my third try. I guess I was lucky with it as I could have gone with LODGE instead and it was a 50/50 guess between these two words.
I try to do it quickly often while I use the toilet first thing in the morning. In a sleepy state and I try to finish it in 30 seconds. Sometimes, I get stuck and it takes hours, but most days it takes between 15-30 seconds at best. However, the cost of it is that it ends up in my 3rd, 4th, or 5th tries. And occasionally a sixth.
Later on, I was discussing the results with my two daughters and they talked about thinking out and trying weird words like Wodge, Modge, and Podge before landing on Dodge. I did not have this problem as these words did not come to me as I was not aware of them. I am guessing it was actually an advantage not to be aware which allows one not to overthink these things. Obviously, the product has been built for the common man, not for the outliers.
But curiosity makes one learn what these words do mean, now that one knows that they exist.
Wodge - chiefly British: a bulky mass or chunk: lump, wad.
Modge - Midland English dialect to do shoddily; make a mess of
Podge - informal British: a short, fat person.
And that is the fun part. Learning new things along the way.
So don’t overthink it. Use your intuition or gut feel (that is how you do it quickly - like in 15 to 30 seconds), and keep on Wordling!