'Wordle' #378 Clues, Hints and Answers for Saturday, July 2

They say there is "no pain, no gain," especially when you are racking your brain, but Newsweek is here to help you get over the line if you find today's Wordle a tad tricky.

The aim may be deceptively simple but still able to tie you in knots, as players have six attempts to get a five-letter word.

If you get a correct letter in the right place, the tile goes green, if it is in the word but in the wrong place, it goes yellow. Any letter not in the word goes gray and so can be discounted.

Wordle player
In this stock photo a person plays "Wordle" on a mobile phone in Arlington, Virginia, on May 9, 2022. Newsweek has some handy hints to get you over the line for the puzzle on July 2, 2022. MICHAEL DRAPER/Getty Images

Whether you have succeeded or failed, a box pops up on screen at the end of the game for you to share if you want to boast about your achievement, or perhaps keep to yourself if you didn't get there. The game refreshes each day when players can try their hand again.

The word game is the brainchild of engineer Josh Wardle, who came up with the concept with his partner Palak Shah in 2013. The game was perfected when the COVID lockdown concentrated minds with Shah honing the thousands of five-letter words to around 2,500 which are used in the game.

When it was released at the end of 2021, only a few dozen people played Wordle, but there was something about it that caught the public imagination and its popularity grew exponentially, as this graph provided by Statista shows.

Wordle Use Stats

Its global reach was assured when it was purchased by The New York Times, and now it is as essential a part of the day for more than 45 million people as a cup of coffee.

As a lover of words, it is unsurprising that the title of Wardle's game is a pun on his name and it has been the inspiration for a number of other daily games like the music-based Heardle and the math-based Nerdle.

Newsweek has put together five clues to help players get through today's Wordle.

Each hint should reveal more than the previous one, so you can stop if you feel you have enough information to get the right answer.

'Wordle' #378 Answer for Saturday, July 2

Hint #1: Today's Wordle is a noun with one vowel that appears twice.

Hint #2: Today's Wordle is a type of bird that is maybe not so widely known, which might be tricky for some players.

Hint #3: The answer to today's Wordle has the same consonant combination as is in the word "great."

Hint #4: Today's Wordle rhymes with a synonym of the verbs "to rue" or "to miss very much."

Hint #5: Merriam-Webster defines Wordle #378 "any of various herons that bear long plumes during the breeding season."

'Wordle' #378 Answer for Saturday, July 2

The answer to Wordle today is "egret."

Wordle updates every day at 7 p.m. EDT, at which point the next word will become available for players to try and solve.

But fans who need something to keep themselves busy while they wait for Wordle to refresh can have a go at these similar word-based puzzles.