The solution to today’s Wordle puzzle (#459 – September 21, 2022) is recap. It’s the short form of the word recapitulation, which describes a succinct summary but is itself a mouthful, ironically. In its noun form, the word recap is synonymous with words like synopsis, abstract, or brief. Streaming services are popular for making year-end recaps, a highlight reel of sorts for helping users see all of the content they consumed that year at a glance, such as Spotify Wrapped.
Since recap is a derived word, we looked to the original word to trace its etymology. Recapitulate is from Late Latin’s “recapitulatus,” which is the past participle of “recapitulare,” meaning “to go over the main points of a thing again,” or literally “restate by heads or chapters,” according to Etymonline.
We solved the puzzle in four tries today, a tad slower than the average 3.7 guesses that WordleBot reported for the day. We chose clout as our first guess, still rebelling against WordleBot’s recommendations for the best Wordle starting words, but today (like many others) that rebellion backfired. We had to guess two more words, brace and pacer, before solving the puzzle. In contrast, WordleBot solved the puzzle in only two guesses because its first guess and favorite word, crane, had four out of the five letters needed to solve today’s puzzle. We hope you arrive at the answer faster than we did.