Wordle Answer Today: April 21, 2018

Today’s Wordle comes from Reddit user tachikawa, who asks: “What was the most over-used word in the English language in the 1900s?” The result is a word cloud that displays the top 150 words (or phrases) used most frequently across English-language publications in the 1900s. The words are organized by the year they first showed up, as well as the number of times they appeared in print.
Many of these words have been in use for a long time, but others are newish, having first appeared in the 1900s. Here are some of the highlights, with explanations for why they were so popular.

The word “internet”

The word “internet” was in use for a long time before it became popular, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t new. It first appeared in print in the year 1844 when Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail invented Morse code. In the 1900s, this word saw a spike in usage due to technological innovation on the internet.

The word “jazz”

This is one of many words that saw a spike with the popularity of jazz music (see more below). Jazz music was popularized during the 1900s, which is why this word was so highly used then.
The word “jazz”

Just like jazz music, jazz itself has been around for awhile but has seen an increase in use since 1900 due to its increasing popularity.

“Google.”

“Google” is the most used word in the English language starting from 1901, with around 40 occurrences of “Google” across all years. Google was established in 1998 and experienced rapid growth in the 2000s on the back of their search engine. Many companies and websites started using Google as a primary tool for SEO strategies.

“Twitter”

This word was first used in 2006, but it didn’t become very popular until 2007. The social media platform has been wildly successful, so it is no surprise that this word appeared so often in the 1900s.

“YouTube”

“YouTube” was first used in 2002, when it appeared in a quote from poet Billy Collins. The word itself is fairly recent, but the concept of YouTube as a platform is not. It has been around since 2005, and in 2006 the first video was uploaded.

“Facebook”

The word “facebook” first appeared in a 1998 issue of Wired magazine. In 2007, it was the most-searched term on Google, and by 2010, it had been entered into the Oxford English Dictionary.
Today, “facebook” is one of the most popular words used on Facebook.

“Social Media”

This term became popular after social media websites like LinkedIn and Twitter began to gain traction in the 1980s.

“Instagram”

This is a good example of how the use of social media has changed over recent years.
While Instagram was in its early stages, it didn’t seem like anything too special. It wasn’t until 2016 that Instagram became a cultural phenomenon, with usage skyrocketing to about 200 million daily active users.
The word “Instagram” appears more than 700 times in 1900s publications.

“Wikipedia”

Wikipedia is the most popular word according to today’s Wordle. It’s been in use since 2004, but as of 2018, it has appeared 5,859 times across newspapers and magazines.

“Deep Web”

The “deep web” is the part of the World Wide Web that is not indexed by search engines such as Google or Bing. It is often described as a “dark web,” which means that it cannot be found using standard search engines.

Conclusion

The word “internet” is the most popular word on the internet today.

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