The solution to today’s Wordle Puzzle (#600 – Feb 9, 2023) is the scene. Besides being a description of a dais or podium, the word also describes a scaffolding for workers or the part of a microscope on which objects are placed for examination (via Merriam-Webster). “Stage” comes from the old French “estage”, which translates to a dwelling place, a performance stage, a phase or a rest in a journey. It evolved into what is now modern French “floor,” which means “the story of a house, a stage, a floor, a loft” (via Etymonline). The word also has roots in the Latin “statum”, which is the past participle of “to look”, meaning “to stand”.
A number of well-known idioms have their roots in the use of the word “stage” in a theatrical or performance context. For example, to say something in a stage whisper is to say it very quietly like performers or prompters might on stage. Preparing the ground for something means making it possible for that thing to happen; and if something takes center stage, it means it is very important, in the same way that a main character or a performer is placed in the center of a real scene.
We settled on “crane” as our first guess today, and since it has two letters in the correct positions, it only took two more guesses to crack the code. We hope you finish even faster, and if you want to extend the fun, here are some other games like Wordle to keep you busy.
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