When AskMeFi advice hits Twitter June 4, 2022 10:35 AM   Subscribe

A decade-old AskMeFi comment advising how to ask a roommate to move out went viral on Twitter yesterday, more than likely due to the roommate ignoring the request and responding with a Wordle, per the screenshot. People noticed the requester likely copied and pasted from the internet as they left the closing quotation mark in the text. The original post.
posted by girlmightlive to MetaFilter-Related at 10:35 AM (19 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Does that day's Wordle solution offer a clue? (I don't play.)

Or was the Bad Roommate making an "I'm ignoring you" sort of gesture?

Either way, they're probably right to give the dude the shoe.
posted by wenestvedt at 11:51 AM on June 4


The answer to Wordle 349 was PHASE.
posted by General Malaise at 12:41 PM on June 4 [3 favorites]


Which, funny enough, I also got in two.
posted by General Malaise at 12:41 PM on June 4 [4 favorites]


If the roommate replied with Wordle, they’re either very slow or a time traveler. Unless I’ve missed something, Wordle did not exist ten years ago, certainly not in that form.
posted by FencingGal at 1:17 PM on June 4


The twitter commenters are right, the writer could have at least taken the care to take the quotation mark out. The roommate is right to respond with a non-sequitur after something so impersonal. These kind of scripts are meant to be a suggestion of how to possibly approach the conversation, not copied verbatim.

If the roommate replied with Wordle, they’re either very slow or a time traveler. Unless I’ve missed something, Wordle did not exist ten years ago, certainly not in that form.

This was somebody copying the script suggested in that thread, not the actual result of that particular event from a decade ago.
posted by The Gooch at 1:27 PM on June 4 [5 favorites]


I realize it was not the actual result. Just responding to how the OP phrased it. I shouldn’t have said anything, and I apologize if I’ve offended the OP.
posted by FencingGal at 1:45 PM on June 4 [2 favorites]


Paddle is an absurdist joke account (is that what they are called? like dril or horse.ebooks or whatever), so just to be clear no one actually sent that as a text. But I don't know if copying a breakup script from a google search is part of the joke or not. I guess it has as many layers as I want there to be.
posted by muddgirl at 2:03 PM on June 4 [5 favorites]


This is super hard to parse. Why the Wordle response? Were they trying to ruin the puzzle for the 1st person?
posted by tiny frying pan at 3:44 PM on June 4 [1 favorite]


It honestly gives me a sense of hope for the future to see MeFi stuff incorporated in incomprehensible shitposting.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:04 PM on June 4 [74 favorites]


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posted by clavdivs at 5:20 PM on June 4


This is super hard to parse. Why the Wordle response? Were they trying to ruin the puzzle for the 1st person?

No, the way Wordle shares scores it doesn't ruin anything (unless I guess you know the sharer's typical start word). I'm pretty sure it's just a joke that someone sent a long message explaining something important, and the recipient responded with the same triviality they would have sent anyway, ignoring the message. That triviality being Wordle just makes it Of The Moment.
posted by solotoro at 6:40 PM on June 4 [6 favorites]


It’s funny, my immediate read was an absurdist one about the sort of … accidental context mixing I find myself in, of misdirected chats and pasting things where I didn’t mean to. Rather than the “eff you” reading of “I care so little about being friend dumped that I will intentionally paste banal word game effluvia at you.” What came to my mind was “oh god what if I accidentally texted my Wordle score to my boss”
posted by eirias at 5:20 AM on June 5


This is super hard to parse. Why the Wordle response?

Maybe. Maybe not.
posted by dobbs at 9:26 AM on June 5 [1 favorite]


Being rickrolled is so much less effective these days when the YouTube opens on an advertisement.
posted by tiny frying pan at 10:16 AM on June 5 [10 favorites]


This would have been better if, rather than replying with a wordle, the roommate had instead copy-pasted the answer to “How do you dispose of a dead body?”
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:47 AM on June 5 [15 favorites]


Yeah. They should have been smart from the very beginning.
posted by Too-Ticky at 1:44 PM on June 5 [16 favorites]


[...] hope for the future to see MeFi stuff incorporated in incomprehensible shitposting.

Parable of the Everything Seed Bagel
posted by NoThisIsPatrick at 9:01 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


Now I'm just trying to parse that person's likely start word. Plate? Plane? ... place would be appropriate in the context, heh.
posted by Pandora Kouti at 12:54 PM on June 6


Wow how exciting
posted by spitbull at 1:43 PM on June 8


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