Still unsure? The solution you seek is “squat.” The word is most popular as the term for the exercise routine of repeating deep couches, but it has other meanings you may not be very familiar with. For example, the British use the word to describe an empty house or building that is occupied by bootleggers or freeloaders, per Merriam-Webster. It’s also slang for nothing — if you say someone doesn’t know squat about football, that means they have no clue about the sport.
The same source helps us learn the origins of the word — “squat” traces back to Middle English “squatten” and Middle French (Picard dialect) “esquatir” or “escuater,” meaning to crush or crouch in hiding. It also has roots in Vulgar Latin “coactire,” which means to squeeze, an alteration of “coactare,” or to compress, which is the same word from which “cache” is derived, interestingly.
Like yesterday’s puzzle, we solved Wordle #622 in only three tries, so we officially have a streak going. We chose the word “poise” as a starting guess — mostly because it contains three vowels, some of which are the most popular in Wordle answers. It only turned one tile yellow, but it narrowed down possible answer words to 128. We picked the next word, gaunt, because it contained both remaining vowels, and it colored three more tiles. The answer was evident by then. If you’re keen on improving your Wordle gameplay, we have a guide to choosing strategic starter words — it contains some tips that help us turn our tiles green every time.