The New York Times censors a controversial Wordle


Wordle is the newly famous game that has enough word puzzles to last years without repeating a word. The word is not picked day by day, rather the list of words has been set up for at least a year. However, the word that completed the puzzle on May 9th was a very controversial choice and seems to fit a sensitive but important topic.

Rather than any other world wide event, May 9th’s word was one related to the current Roe v Wade case. After the US Supreme Court had leaked plans about overturing a ruling that has leagalised abortion across America, this topic has become even more sensitive. Abortion has alwasy been a topic of debate across America, and the New York Times choosing the word to be fetus was a bit uncomfortable.

The New York Times eventually came out and released exactly what had happened with the Wordle. “Some users may see an outdated answer that seems closely connected to a major recent news event. This is entirely unintentional and a coincidence — today’s original answer was loaded into Wordle last year” states the New York Times Blog. They then continued to say how “[they] take [their] role seriously as a place to entertain and escape, and we want Wordle to remain distinct from the news.”

Although Wordle got rid of the word, and removed it from its dictionary, it was still a little uncomfortable for those playing the game to have it be the word in the first place. However, Wordle has a huge player base and this was a great mistake that brought light to the matter.