When is a simple Wordle solution a little too much of a trigger? Two of this week’s answers may leave you scratching your head.
If you’re a dedicated fan, you may have noticed there was more than one Wordle solution on Monday.
Wordle, I’m sure you must know by now, is that little word game where you try to guess a five-letter word. You get six chances. With every attempt, the game tells you whether the letters in the word you guessed are in the correct word and, if so, whether they’re in the right position.
Some words can be more of a challenge than others. But on Monday, the New York Times, which owns the game, apparently decided that day’s Wordle solution might have been a bit too much.
In a statement on Monday, The New York Times warned that people may see “an outdated answer that seems closely connected to a major recent news event.”
The “major recent news event” just happened to be the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court. That opinion seemed to signal the court might overturn Roe v. Wade. That, of course, is the 1973 case that made abortion legal in the United States.
The Wordle solution labeled “an outdated answer” just so happened to be fetus.
I wouldn’t call it “outdated.” I might call it “timely.”
The Times said the word was selected last year. The fact that it just so happened to hit so soon after the leak was a “coincidence.”
Honestly, I totally believe that. I can’t imagine anyone thinking a group of folks are sitting in a little room each day coming up with the next day’s Wordle solution. I’m sure they are selected and programmed well in advance. They’d be crazy not to do it that way.
But they scrambled to replace the word. My game had fetus. Other people saw a different word.
But when is a Wordle solution really offensive?
I had no qualms about listing Monday’s solution since the game resets at midnight. If they removed Monday’s word, you wouldn’t have seen it Tuesday.
If you haven’t already played today’s game, you might want to stop reading until you do…just to be safe.
When I played Tuesday’s Wordle, I began with my usual starting word. That particular word happens to have the most common vowel, E, and four very common consonants. If none of those light up, I have a second word I will use that happens to include the four other consonants.
The word ended up having what I would call the least-used of the vowels: U. (I assume it’s the least-used. I didn’t look it up.)
To make a long story short, and to satisfy any buffer space needs to avoid a “spoiler,” Tuesday’s word turned out to be Butch.
Both definitions of butch could also be offensive. As an adjective, it refers to having a “traditional” appearance of masculinity. But it is usually applied to women who don’t seem feminine or to some gay men who don’t seem as feminine as others might expect. As a noun, it typically refers to a lesbian who exhibits a masculine appearance.
Fetus was potentially offensive enough to require a scramble, but a word like butch didn’t raise an eyebrow?!?
Seems like something of a double standard to me.
I would think butch would be more offensive than fetus, no matter what the Supreme Court has to say about abortion rights.
But maybe that’s just me.