The most searched word in the Cambridge dictionary this year has a connection with Wordle
Created by engineer Josh Wardle, then bought by the “New York Times”, “Wordle” is about discovering a five-letter word in just six tries.< /p>
The Cambridge English Dictionary unveiled the most searched word on its website on Friday. It's “homer” who wins the prize. Why? It's an American word that gave the Brits a lot of trouble when it appeared last May as the solution of the day for the popular Wordle game.
Wordle is a New York Times game that challenges Internet users to find a five-letter word in six tries or less. A new word is unveiled every day.
"Homer" is short for "home run" ; (home run): run scored in baseball when you hit the ball, usually off the field of play, and are able to go around all bases in one go to home base . This is the definition that can be read on the site of the British dictionary Cambridge.
Some 65,000 searches for the word were recorded there just for the day of May 5, 2022, according to the site, which has a cultural explanation for this craze.
This informal American English term to designate a home run in baseball has left Wordle players unfamiliar with this [unrecognized word in Europe] confused and frustrated, reads the blog post. p>
Cambridge Dictionary has noticed another trend this year in searches on its site: an explosion of five-letter words, again reminiscent of the Wordle game.
Some of the most popular queries of the year include “humor” (humor), “caulk” (caulk), “ tacit” (implicit) and “bayou” (swamp).
Peaks for American words and spellings such as "homer" , "humor" and "favor" took place due to a series of social media storms led by angry players of the famous Wordle word game, especially those who do not speak English. x27;American English, the Cambridge site adds.
Conversely, when Wordle's solution of the day was the word British bloke last February, a lesser-known term in North America, it also generated a flurry of queries on the dictionary site, but less so, according to Cambridge.