Wordle is apparently taking the world by storm, so leave it to engineers to try and break it.
In Wordle letters, Dr. Drang wrote scripts to parse dictionaries of 5-letter words and generate a letter-frequency table:
Letter Count Frequency s 4106 46.1 % e 3993 44.8 % a 3615 40.5 % r 2751 30.9 % … … …
In this table, the frequency column gives the percentage of words in which each letter appears.
But Wordle needs words, not letters, so I took things a step further and thought of words that use the top letters—in as close to ranked order as possible. (I skipped “C”, which is used in 3.3 percent of words.)
RAISEuses letters 1–4 and 6, used in 42 percent of words.
DONUTuses letters 5, 8–11, used in 24 percent of words.
LYMPHuses letters 7, 13–16, used in 17 percent of words.
Sometimes it doesn’t seem to reveal much, but every vowel is used once-and-only-once, and the list of reasonable consonant choices is pretty cut down. Seemed to work fairly well the first two times I tried it.
not sorry to ruin the fun.