Taboo! New York Times removes some ‘insensitive’ words from Wordle

Some four-letter words are taboo, but the New York Times added a few five-letter words to the list — by removing them from the popular game Wordle.

Some four-letter words are taboo, but the New York Times added a few five-letter words to the list — by removing them from the popular game Wordle. The game, which consists of guessing one word of five letters a day in just six attempts, was bought by the newspaper last month after it became hugely popular worldwide. Users started complaining earlier this week when the game said two different words were the correct answer. One of Wordle’s beloved features is that everyone tries to determine the same word.

After the Times bought the simple but captivating game from its creator Josh Wardle, internet sleuths noticed it had begun to remove words from its list of possible solutions.

Although the Times moved the game to its website earlier in February, some users can still access the older version and the older list.

The website Boingboing.net reported that words like “pussy,” “whore,” “slave” and “wench” had been removed, while the more obscure terms “pupal” and “agora” had also been dropped.

“We are updating the glossary over time to remove obscure words to keep the puzzle accessible to more people, as well as insensitive or offensive words,” Times spokesman Jordan Cohen said in a statement to AFP.

Wordle now has millions of users around the world and versions have appeared in many different languages. The Times said it bought the game for an “undisclosed price in the low seven digits” as it tries to win new subscribers through non-news offers.

Arun Agarwal
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