Prattle, a Shakespearean Version of Wordle, Won’t Let You Guess ‘Slave’
Prattle is an online game in the same vein as Wordle, the extremely popular word-guessing puzzle that debuted in October 2021 and was acquired by The New York Times in 2022. Whereas Wordle requires players to guess a five-letter word in the English dictionary, Prattle restricts the possible solutions to words appearing in the published works of William Shakespeare.
“Prattle is based on the popular Wordle, but with a Shakespearean twist!” write the creators. “All words in this game are ones that Shakespeare used in his plays, poems, and sonnets, as they appear in The Folger Shakespeare online.”
Prattle doesn’t use every word in the Shakespeare-verse, however. Trying to guess the word slave, for instance, results in the following warning: “Shakespeare did use this word, but we decided not to. Please guess a new word to keep playing.”
Roy Thomas, former editor in chief of Marvel Comics and a fan of Prattle, lamented this “mind-boggling bit of virtue-signaling.”
“This is the worst kind of pandering, the more so by a company supposedly devoted to major English-language literature,” Thomas tells Reason.
Slave, of course, appears numerous times throughout the works of Shakespeare. In some cases, the bard uses the term figuratively, as in Romeo and Juliet (“let mischance be slave to patience”); in others, such as The Merchant of Venice, he describes actual slaves: “What judgment shall I dread, doing no wrong? You have among you many a purchased slave, which, like your asses and your dogs and mules, you use in abjec
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