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Oh, bring us back to when Wordle was just a simple game!

If you haven't been playing Wordle, where have you been? Over the past month, the game has blown up, and is being played all over the world. In January, The Guardian reported that over two million people were playing the game daily – and then it got bought by the New York Times.

The initial reaction to the acquisition was a disappointment, especially seeing as the publication said the game would "initially remain free." Why do big companies always ruin the fun?! But, it seemed as the game would remain the same, and we could all keep playing with our friends and posting our daily score on social media (but god forbid you post the word – you will be shunned).

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That was until the words started getting harder.

Don't get me wrong, some words have been tricky. "Proxy," for example, was one that had plenty of players stumped. Then came "Favor," which unleashed pure anger from the game's British players. But, it was all in good fun.

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This past week, however, players have taken to Twitter to express their frustrations with the game. "Caulk," "Ulcer," "Cynic," and "Aroma" have graced us in the past few days, which has unlocked a new level of rage on Twitter. People really hate the double letters, and the fact that there are two different words every day, depending on which website you use.

The recent shift in words have also seen plenty of players lose their streak, which is a bigger hit to anyone's ego than anything else I could possibly imagine!

Personally, my streak is still going strong, so I can't relate.

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It remains to be seen whether the Wordle hype will continue (we'll all move on to Quordle eventually), or whether its New York Times acquisition will be its downfall.

At the end of the day the original creator, Josh Wardle, who really secured the "low seven figures" bag, and we can't do anything but applaud him.

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