Give up? Well, ideally, your ticker won’t, especially if you keep this thing healthy: today’s Wordle answer is the noun “aorta.” As defined by the Oxford dictionary, the aorta is “the main artery of the body, supplying oxygenated blood to the circulatory system. In humans, it passes over the heart from the left ventricle and runs down in front of the backbone.” Basically, it’s like a really efficient highway system supporting the cellular city in your body, but if you don’t take care of yourself, its traffic conditions could start to look like an L.A. highway, and you don’t want that, ever.
The etymology of the word interestingly traces back to the Greek word “aortē,” defined as “a strap to hang (something by),” according to EtymOnline. If you look at depictions of the human anatomy, its stem does appear to be hanging by its root. In fact, the entire thing sort of looks like a candy cane hanging on a tree. We apologize for the visual — it’s for sure inopportune this time of year.