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Wordle fans upset that British game is using American spelling


Wordle has an American accent (pic: Twitter)

The first sign of a backlash against Wordle has emerged, as the answer to today’s puzzle uses the American spelling of a word for its answer.

If you don’t want the answer to today’s Wordle spoiled then you better stop reading now before we ruin your fun, because the solution has caused a lot of anger on Twitter.

Wordle became a viral hit over Christmas, when the game added the ability to share your scores, but until today it wasn’t clear whether it used American or British spelling – but today’s answer is the word favour, which the game spells as ‘favor’.

The Wordle homepage offers no instructions, so many British and Commonwealth players have taken to social media to complain that today’s puzzle was unfair.

It may be a simple word game but most of the responses are too sweary for us to repeat here, but a tweet from Kunal in India mirrors many of them when he complains that, ‘‘Favor’ is the American spelling of ‘favour’. At least keep a language settings in your dumbass system. Not gonna play this anymore.’

‘Yeah, so this is basically the TV show Lingo, but with terrible American spelling. The final word was favour BTW, spelled as favor’, says Jebus McMuffin from London, who also seems very upset.

The complaints have come not just because there was previously no clue as to which language settings the game uses but because creator Josh Wardle is British.

Apart from the fact that he was presumably trying to appeal to the largest audience, Wardle has said before that the idea for the game came from The New York Times’ spelling bee and crossword – so that may be why he stuck with American spelling for Wordle.

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