NYT has begun to remove profane language from ‘Wordle’ but ‘boner,’ ‘fucks,’ and ‘pussy’ still remain as of now.

Wordle, which was recently acquired by The New York Times, is now undergoing a series of changes in which certain words that are deemed as offensive language are being banned. The viral word game was migrated to the NYT’s website on Thursday, February 10th, and saw some players’ streaks erased during the transition.

Gender-coded offensive language including “bitch,” “whore,” and “sluts” have been removed from Wordle’s dictionary. With this latest update, players will experience a flash on their screen before being prompted with the message “not in word list,” allowing the player to attempt a different word.

Given the newspaper’s track record with publication and other word games such as Spelling Bee, the move lines up with their strict policy on profane language in their products.

When asked about some of the profanities still remaining in their game, a NYT representative said, “Offensive words will always be omitted from consideration. As we have just started Wordle’s transition to The Times website, we are still in the process of removing those words from the gameplay.”

Wordle is a viral word-puzzle game that recently blew up in late 2021. The game, which was originally owned and operated by mostly one person, Josh Wardle, gives you six chances to guess a five-letter word. It works through a process of elimination in which the player slowly widdles off the letters not found within the word until they strike gold.

Despite the change in ownership, Wardle says the game would continue its practice to, “be free to play for everyone” even on the Times’ website. This remains true even if you don’t have an account or subscription with the New York Times which comes as a big relief for fans and undoubtedly Josh Wardle as a large part of the game’s success can be contributed to the vast number of people that can access due to its price of free 99.

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