Wordle Inadvertently Chimes into National Abortion Discourse

For many people, opening Wordle — a five-letter guessing game, those six letters work New York Times in January and was responsible for bringing “unprecedented” “tens of millions” of new subscribers” to the company — a daily ritual to escape the exhaustion of pandemic life. But on Monday, when some players discovered that the randomly chosen answer of the day was “fetus,” it seemed like anything, but with last week’s news that the Supreme Court ready to abolish Roe and. Water wading.

At 12:01 a.m., the Gray Lady published an editor’s note—titled “Notes on Today’s Wordle Game”—to account for the error. “This is purely coincidental and coincidental — today’s original answer was loaded into Wordle last year,” Everdeen Masonthe Times‘The Editorial Director of Games, wrote. “We value our role as a place for entertainment and escape,” she assures settlers, “and want Wordle to stay distinct from the news.”

These days “some users may find an answer outdated that appears to be closely connected to a recent major news event,” according to the report. Timesa particularly unfortunate example of technical difficulties Times’ The game department found out. The editor’s note goes on to explain that when Games realized last week that Monday’s featured word would be “fetus,” they “passed it on to as many solvers as possible.” But “due to current Wordle technology, it can be difficult to change words that are loaded into the game,” writes Mason, and users who do not refresh their browser window are still required to solve the original puzzle. That explanation raised its own tech-related questions for the Canadian journalist Doug Saunderswho, as one, turned to software developers inclined on Twitter:

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Monday is not the first time Times has changed the game since acquiring it in January. In February, The Verge reported that Times removed words, such as “slave,” “lynch,” and “wench” from conjectures and solutions. “We are updating the world list from time to time to remove confusing words to keep the puzzle accessible to more people, as well as insensitive or offensive words.” Times speak a reader.

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Zack Zwiezen

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