The word "fetus" has been removed as a possible answer for Monday's Wordle game, with the game runners calling the word choice "unintentional and a coincidence."
"We take our role seriously as a place to entertain and escape, and we want Wordle to remain distinct from the news," the New York Times, which acquired the game earlier this year, said in a Monday note to players.
"Fetus" was substituted with an answer that is not as politically charged, according to a report.
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The publication said that "fetus" was in Wordle's database before it acquired the game.
Some of you may have a different Wordle answer than the official answer. Please refresh your browser to receive the correct answer word. For more information, please read our editor’s note. https://t.co/BhWa4p1cGE— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 9, 2022
"This is entirely unintentional and a coincidence — today’s original answer was loaded into Wordle last year," the New York Times said. "Because of the current Wordle technology, it can be difficult to change words that have already been loaded into the game."
"When we discovered last week that this particular word would be featured today, we switched it for as many solvers as possible."
Those who refresh their browser will get the new word, and those who did not will continue to see "fetus," according to the report.
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The Wordle dispute over "fetus" stems from the greater controversy of last week's Supreme Court leak suggesting an overturning of Roe v. Wade.