Happy 4th of July, dear Wordlers! Today we celebrate our highest and purest vision of what America can and should be. One indivisible nation with freedom and justice for all.
These are important words that often sound wrong. We are a more divided nation than we have been for many years (although perhaps not as divided as we once were, when North and South were at war with each other, for example, or when the civil rights movement was at its height and the Vietnam War was raging).
We are also a nation where justice and freedom are often challenged and where many people disagree about the true meaning of these words. It may be unavoidable. Beliefs guide politics and we believe different things. We have different definitions of these words and not everyone shares the same vision of what a good and dignified existence is, or who deserves to enjoy it.
But I like to think that the 4th of July is less about bland populism and ostentatious patriotism and more about ideals, whatever they may be. We continue to fight for a more democratic, freer, more just and equitable society, a society in which our children and grandchildren can live without fear, hunger or poverty. We all believe in some version of this even if we don’t always agree on the best way to get there.
Perhaps it would be wise for us to remember that, to give even our political adversaries the benefit of the doubt, to add compassion, grace and empathy to our list of values, to talk less and listen more, to judge so as not to not be judged and turn the other cheek from time to time.
And with this little opening speech, I’ll take you back to your regular schedule: Today’s Wordle.
Today’s Wordle Tip and Answer (July 4th Edition)
As I remind readers of this column every day, there are spoilers ahead. Spoilers imminent. Spoilers nearby. The clear and present danger of spoilers is upon us.
But first, a hint: To cut the ties that bind.
And the answer is . . . .
Okay, so it’s not a particularly patriotic word. I know it’s all random, but I was hoping for something holiday themed (didn’t get it rabbit neither at Easter).
My opening guess was, I believe, in keeping with the spirit of today. What I want for this and for all the nations of the world more than anything is peace.
Normally this is not a great opening word. The double ‘E’ is not ideal for a starting guess. Today, however, was just for the money. My second guess was the first word I found that had two Es in it. There are obviously many more, but this one was an almost perfect guess. As the boxes flipped on Green (another double-E word!), I was certain I had it in two. When the ‘N’ came up, Gray, I was devastated.
(I wasn’t actually devastated. I’m just being dramatic).
But the only other option available at this point was to break up unless the words various Where sevex Where seveo were added to the English lexicon without anyone notifying me. To break up For victory!
It’s actually a very odd word for the 4th of July, but oddly appropriate too. The Civil War took place when the South attempted to secede from the Union over the issue of slavery, and the North fought to prevent this separation.
Oh and speaking of Breakup if you have Apple TV, you absolutely must watch it. What a great show! I need to write about this.
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