A linguistics expert reveals the best starting words to find Wordle 306 answer

Wordle 306 answer: From your friends to the Wordlebot, everyone has an opinion on what is the best Wordle starting word. But what does an actual expert of the language have to say about it? Find out.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 11:40 IST
Find out the Wordle 306 answer with ease. Use the best Wordle starting word as suggested by a linguistics expert. (Pixabay)
Find out the Wordle 306 answer with ease. Use the best Wordle starting word as suggested by a linguistics expert. (Pixabay)

Recently, we have come across a variety of opinions around the best starting word in Wordle. In fact, anyone who regularly plays the game probably has some kind of preference for a starting word. Some may prefer a word with more vowels while others may want a consonant heavy word to eliminate letters. Even the US VP Kamala Harris has her own favorite starting word which is NOTES. But, what does an actual expert of languages believe to be the best starting word for Wordle? And can it help you reach Wordle 306 answer fasters? Read on to find out.

When it comes to starting words, even Wordlebot has come up with one. According to the New York Times AI bot, CRANE is objectively superior when it comes to the best starting word in Wordle. The bot has analyzed all the 2,315 words in Wordle to come up with a word that has the highest possibility of revealing the right letters. However, that does not help us much because everyone has a different strategy when it comes to the game and most people do not think like an AI. And for everyone, who is looking for a more relatable starting word, now there are a few options.

Linguists expert suggests the best Wordle starting word

If you have not looked for the Wordle 306 answer yet, then it is a good opportunity for you to test out these starting words. Lynne Murphy, professor of linguistics and head of English language and linguistics at the University of Sussex shared her favorite Wordle starting words with The Independent. While many go for AUDIO or OUIJA, basically vowel-heavy words, Murphy prefers to use more consonants.

“Consonants are more informative than vowels – there are more of them to knock out of contention. Things like ‘CLAMP' or ‘DRINK', which have either an ‘L' or an ‘R' and either an ‘M' or an ‘N'”, she elaborates. She also tells why using words with more vowels is not a good idea. “Whereas if you guess something vowel-heavy like ‘ALIEN' at the start, you might learn that the word has an ‘A' and an ‘E', but a lot of words have those two vowels – you haven't ruled as many words out”.

Murphy is also a fan of sonorant consonants. These are the consonants which have a nasal and gliding resonating sound. She said, “I like using ‘L', ‘R', ‘N', and ‘M' early because they combine easily with other consonants. Once I know that a word with a ‘P' doesn't have an ‘L', for instance, I've ruled out a lot of the possible ‘P' words”.

So, try out this strategy and use CLAMP or DRINK to get to the Wordle 306 answer and see if it is any better than your starting word.

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First Published Date: 21 Apr, 17:41 IST
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