As somebody who loves words and the myriad ways in which we can use them (anagrams, acronyms, palindromes – I’ll take them all), I have been wholly captivated by the Wordle boom. Every morning now involves solving the day’s Wordle, Lewdle and Quordle. It gets my brain moving and sets me up perfectly for a day of creative thinking in PR land.
As I refined and honed my techniques to solve these puzzles in as few turns as possible, I realised there was no better starting point than ‘arise’. You’ll be hard pressed to find a day where this word doesn’t result in at least one orange box, and so it has become one of the first words in my mind every day over the past few weeks.
As for the word itself, it struck me that despite consisting of such common characters (only five points on a Scrabble board is paltry), arise is an incredibly empowering, positive, and grand word.
When I think of arise, I think of knighting ceremonies. Now, whether the words ‘Arise, Sir/Dame…’ are actually uttered during the ceremony is beyond me, but it always seems to be used in the news headline. And what’s grander than becoming a knight of the realm at the hand of royalty?
Arise also strikes me as positive: it means to get up or ascend. Eternal forward motion is something we can all thrive on. In turn, I find it to be an incredibly empowering word. Not just because it makes me feel like a lexicon master every morning, but because of that upward feeling, that oomph, that get up and go. It makes me want to do something.
Now some might point out that problems arise, situations arise, issues arise… so how can it be considered positive? And I hear you, that does all seem rather grim. However, let’s reframe it. This little word has carved its own niche in today’s English language and has established itself as the perfect word should a solemn circumstance arise. There is no other.
So, there you have it. I love the word ‘arise’. All it took was a once-a-day game for me to realise it. Now go forth and be the best Wordle player you can be.