Ever wondered what the best starting word for Wordle is? Well, our co-founder Justin might have figured it out! How? Using his maths brain and a spreadsheet.
If you’re one of the 300,000 people playing the daily word game Wordle, chances are you’ve given some real thought to the best word to start with. For some, it’s about picking a word with as many vowels as possible. Others focus on common letters, or common word features. Then there’s those who stick with the same word every day and those who change it up regularly.
Regardless of your strategy, we all have the same goal — to see 5 green squares in a row before the 6 guesses are up.
So what is the best word to start with?
Our co-founder Justin couldn’t help but try to figure this out, so he combined his maths skills with some Excel wizardry to find the five letter word we’ve all been looking for.
After working through nearly 6,000 five letter words he’s narrowed it down to one….
What makes it the best starting word? Justin computed the number of times each letter appeared in his 6,000 word sample and used this information to assign “points” to each letter and consequently each word. The word with the most points was “arose”. You can check out the steps Justin took below.