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What are the most searched terms on Google in 2022?

 

Wordle was the most searched term on Google in 2022, both in the US and worldwide, according to the Google Trends Year in Search review.

The game beat out terms like “Election results” and “Jeffrey Dahmer/Jeffrey Dahmer” in the US (second and tenth most popular terms, respectively) and “Ukraine/Ukraine” and “Queen Elizabeth” globally (third and fourth).

“This has really become a shared obsession for everyone, and you can see it in the data,” Simon Rogers, head of the trends data team at Google, told The Washington Post.

Wordle is a daily vocabulary game, similar to Jotto or Mastermind, in which users are given six guesses to guess the word of the day. All players are given the same word (determined by an editor at the New York Times) and can only play once per day.

The game became a viral hit in late 2021 after players began sharing cryptic arrangements of emoji squares along with a piece of text (usually the word Wordle, followed by the number of the puzzle) on social media, prompting others to ask, “What Wordle? ” On January 31, the New York Times Company purchased Wordle from its original developer, programmer Josh Wardle, for an undisclosed sum.

“I would say that what made the Wordle trend is that it was something that consistently captivated people throughout the year,” Rogers said. “There were times during the year, such as the invasion of Ukraine and the death of Her Majesty the Queen, when those notions became more common. But people’s love for the game remained constant, because for many people, the game was something that cheered them up and encouraged them.

Globally, the top 10 Google searches were:

Wordle

India vs England

Ukraine

Queen Elizabeth

Ind vs SA (a cricket match between India and South Africa)

World Cup

India vs West Indies

iPhone 14

Jeffrey Dahmer

Indian Premier League

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