Wordle Ending In "S"

Wordle Ending In "S"

Quite often, I find myself trying a word which ends in "S". Sometimes it is easier to think of a 4-letter word. Then simply make it plural. I have a quiz for you. What percent (%) of 5-letter words end with an "S"?

Write that number down or keep a mental note.

For this exercise, I am first looking at the entire word-list. This means ANY 5-letter word accepted by the game. The number of words accepted is 12,972. And the number these that ends in an "S" is 3,958.

That is an astounding 30.51%!

This means if your first word is LIONS, you have a 30% chance of a ūüü©.

Sorry...no.

The list curated for Wordle solutions is 2,315. Many of the words ending in "S" have been removed. Wouldn't that be nice to know. How many words solution words do you think end in "S"?

The list is so small, I will add it to this post.

There are 36 words ending in "S" in the solution list. Yes, just 36.

So 36 out of 2315 is a measly 1.56%

Removal of this big group of plural words changes the distribution significantly. This next graph shows the distribution of letters in the entire list. I normalized the distribution for "randomly" reducing the wordlist from 13,000 to 2,300. The significance of the "S" is HUGE.

The removal of all the "S" results in the shake-up of the top 10 letters occurrence below. I added it in chart form above. Below are the details and ranking.

Entire accepted list of 12,972 words

Top 10 letters

S -  about 10.3% or 6665 occurrences
E -  about 10.3% or 6662 occurrences
A -  about 9.2% or 5990 occurrences
O -  about 6.8% or 4438 occurrences
R -  about 6.4% or 4158 occurrences
I -  about 5.8% or 3759 occurrences
L -  about 5.2% or 3371 occurrences
T -  about 5.1% or 3295 occurrences
N -  about 4.6% or 2952 occurrences
U -  about 3.9% or 2511 occurrences

Solution list of 2,315 words

E -  about 10.7% or 1233 occurrences
A -  about 8.5% or 979 occurrences
R -  about 7.8% or 899 occurrences
O -  about 6.5% or 754 occurrences
T -  about 6.3% or 729 occurrences
L -  about 6.2% or 719 occurrences
I -  about 5.8% or 671 occurrences
S -  about 5.8% or 669 occurrences
N -  about 5% or 575 occurrences
C -  about 4.1% or 477 occurrences

Moral of the story, and my post. The "S" is way less common. Your starting word should not end with "S", but instead "Y". Can I tell you a STORY.

Oh yeah, I promised you the short list of 36 words ending in "S". These are the only words that could actually win Wordle or WordPlay.

ABYSS, AMASS, AMISS, BASIS, BLESS, BLISS, BONUS, BRASS, CHAOS, CHESS, CLASS, CRASS, CRESS, CROSS, DRESS, DROSS, ETHOS, FETUS, FICUS, FLOSS, FOCUS, GLASS, GLOSS, GRASS, GROSS, GUESS, HUMUS, LOCUS, LUPUS, MINUS, MUCUS, PRESS, REBUS, TORUS, TRUSS, VIRUS

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