Not Wordle meme examples on Twitter in reference to the viral word puzzle game.

Not Wordle

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Not Wordle refers to a trend started on Twitter in reaction to the oversaturation of Wordle emoji tweets that Wordle players would post after playing. The Wordle tweets consisted of green, grey, white and yellow square emojis, whereas Not Wordles tweets are Emojipastas unrelated to the actual mechanics of the game. Twitter users posted them ironically starting in late 2021. The trend became notable, however, in January 2022, particularly with brands engaging in it.


The first known Not Wordle was posted by Twitter[1] user modernmodron on December 27th, 2021, who made a "funny Lil guy," that received 24 likes over one month (shown below).

Rose @modernmodron Not Wordle just a funny Lil guy 3:39 PM · 12/27/21 · Twitter Web App


On January 4th, 2022, Twitter[2] user eddedmondson posted the first variant Not Wordle, making a "very hungry caterpillar" out of square emojis. The tweet (shown below) received seven likes in three weeks.

Edd Edmondson @eddedmondson No not wordle, just a very hungry caterpillar. 8:50 PM · Jan 4, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone

On January 8th, Twitter[3] user ohmgee tweeted a Not Wordle that referenced the arcade game Space Invaders, receiving 19 likes over three weeks (shown below, left). Two hours later, Twitter[4] user qntm tweeted a Not Wordle of "just some flowers," earning 368 likes, also over three weeks (shown below, right).

martin gee * @ohmgee •.. not #wordle 1978 10x11 =P qntm @qntm Not Wordle, just some flowers 3:23 PM · 1/8/22 · Twitter Web App

The following day, Twitter[6] user pinot posted a more meta Not Wordle, this time attaching a contextless picture of a quilt that alluded to Wordle emoji imagery. Their tweet (shown below) received over 30 likes in three weeks.

Pinot W. Ichwandardi @pinot Not Wordle

More Twitter[7] users posted Not Wordles going into the rest of January 2022, reaching peak engagement on the 25th after a tweet was posted by Twitter[8] user Bassya17 that received over 113,800 likes in one day (shown below, left). It should be noted, however, that the emojipasta used in Bassya17's tweet was taken from Twitter[12] user CopyPasteDump. On the 26th, Twitter[9] user cogscimom posted a tweet that received over 169,200 likes in less than 24 hours, making a reference to Zoom school (shown below, right).

@Bassya17 wordle 83 1/9 7:58 AM · Jan 25, 2022 · Twitter Web App Dr. Ji Y. Son @cogscimom Not wordle, just a zoom class. 12:30 AM · 1/26/22 · Twitter for iPhone

Not Wordle Brand Tweets

Inspired by the tweets above, multiple corporations and brands decided to hop onto the trend, each of them giving their own iterations based on their logos or cliches. For instance, the official Twitter[10] account of Oreo cookies tweeted a Not Wordle on January 26th, 2022, receiving roughly 7,100 likes in less than 24 hours (shown below, left). On the 27th, the Twitter[11] account of Spider-Man: No Way Home also tweeted a Not Wordle, gaining over 57,100 ikes in less than 24 hours (shown below, right).

OREO Cookie OREO @Oreo Not Wordle, just a Double Stuf OREO 6:57 PM · Jan 26, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone 735 Retweets 72 Quote Tweets 7,262 Likes Spider-Man: No Way Home SPIDERMAN @SpiderManMovie not wordle just a spidey suit 6:49 PM · Jan 27, 2022 · Twitter Web App

Various Examples

Jawsh @lts_Jawsh · 3h Wordle 19/87 ♡ 72 27 699 7,625 kim @youdidinthdark · 4h not wordle, just the good mythical morning set Ailey @Aikilime •.. Wordle 42 5/8 Thomas Sanders O @ThomasSanders •.. Not Wordle, just me being the only one awake in my apartment building at 4am. Tony Shiffman @CoachShiffman Not Wordle 111 32322 211 21321 1 1 1 1 1 1131 1 1 1211 11 1 1221 21211 121 1 211 212 21 1 1 1 1 Gavin Verhey O @GavinVerhey Not Wordle, just the Magic: the Gathering card back.

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External References

[1] Twitter – @modernmodron

[2] Twitter – @eddedmondson

[3] Twitter – @ohmgee

[4] Twitter – @qntm

[6] Twitter – @pinot

[7] Twitter – @mass_ave

[8] Twitter – @Bassya17

[9] Twitter – @cogscimom

[10] Twitter – @Oreo

[11] Twitter – @SpiderManMovie

[12] Twitter – @CopyPasteDump

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