The following blog post is satire. The definition of satire is, "the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues." Other than the word change in yesterday's wordle this blog is pure conjecture. If humor isn't your thing I would highly suggest you navigate away from this page before reading any further.
Yesterday's wordle solution was abruptly changed from "fetus" to "shine" yesterday after pro-choicers complained to the New York Times. In the wake of the leak of the Dobbs draft opinion they found themselves unable to put the final letters into the puzzle. One wordle aficionado stated, "I knew the solution, but I just couldn't type it in. I was very triggered." What's next? Infant? Child? I might have to go back to playing candy crush."
Thankfully, the NYT staff intervened and changed the word to "shine" at the last minute. Unfortunately, many individuals forgot to refresh their browsers and were subjected to the original word.
President Biden's priest was particularly troubled. Having been through seminary he knows that "fetus" is Latin for "young one" and was taken aback by encountering such a political phrase in his wordle puzzle. As with many others, he was unable to solve due to the solution "clump of cells" being too long for the puzzle. He comments, "I tried "clump" five times in hopes that it would work. I can't believe I lost my wordle streak over this."
As the abortion debate wears on we can only hope the NYT will scrub any more concerning words from its list. Appropriate censorship is the only solution that will allow users to play their daily wordle in safety.
One bonus to this situation is that counselors and "safe spaces" will see an increase in business as wordle users flock to them for help in the wake of this trauma.
Sarah Bowen is the Executive Director of Promise of Life Network, a life affirming ministry including a pregnancy medical center with locations in Slippery Rock, New Castle, Butler, and Sandy Lake, PA. She began with Promise of Life Network as a college intern in 2008, and has been the executive director since 2014. Sarah and her husband Anthony have been married for 13 years and Anthony stays home with and homeschools their four sons. Sarah graduated from Geneva College with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a minor in Business. Her first book, Courageously Pro-Life, and other resources for pregnancy centers are available on her website, sarahmbowen.com. When Sarah isn’t working to end abortion she can be found knitting, crocheting, riding her razor scooter, bicycling, and spending time with her family.