Apps like Wordle are quite popular almost amongst all age groups. According to a psychological expert, games like Wordle trigger the brain’s dopamine receptors. In players who have been playing Wordle for comparatively a longer period of time after it gained popularity and was taken over by the New York Times, a glitch was observed. Some of the words or answers came out to be different. Now the concern is WHY??
On 31st January 2022, New York Times acquired the rights of Wordle. The words occasionally alter as the original words can be outdated. The decision solely depends upon the choice of NYT; if the word in their perspective needs to be altered or replaced, they will do it. For instance, NYT has altered many words in the past year. Like on the 10th of May, the term fetus was changed a week before, and it sparked confusion amongst people.
According to a statement by NYT, players won’t get the outdated version if they have refreshed their browser window. Conversely, if players do not follow the pursuit, they will be asked to resolve the older version. Similarly, the word agora was changed to aroma.
The word Harry has been replaced with stove; the reason firstly is that Harry is a name and hard to guess, and secondly, Harry is an outdated word whose original meaning is known to none. Harry meant to strike someone obstinately.
The older world list was created by Josh Wardle, the creator of the Wardle game, because he wanted people to brainstorm and indulge in sharpening their rationality. Do you think I was going to say this? No. Actually, the creator designed this game only for his girlfriend as she liked cracking word games. So the whole setup started its journey as a gesture of love that later was joined by millions of players, thus becoming a universal sensation.
The whole file containing the wordlist is continuously being upgraded by New York Times to provide the users with a reliable experience.