Wordle 472 frustrates players, 'didn't know this stupid word'

Wordle 472 has infuriated a number of players who struggled to solve this tricky five-letter challenge on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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Wordle 472 has aggravated a number of wordle players who struggled to work out what this tricky five-letter challenge could be and took to social media to complain about the New York Times' choice of word. 

Wordle players have been totally stumped by yet another tricky five-letter word as the game makers at the New York Times challenged players to solve an unfamiliar word.

While this isn't the first time players have been thrown a curveball - as words such as; leerycoylyquart, and agape have caused a lot of frustration for fans in the past - this challenge on Tuesday, October 4, posed a particularly hard challenge for fans.

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The five-letter Wordle challenge on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, was 'bough' and many fans were furious with this word choice as they had no idea what the word actually meant. 

"#Wordle472 No - not a word!" said one player who didn't understand the challenge. "Wordle 472 X/6 Bombed. That was hard today," said another who failed to solve the challenge.

"#Wordle #Wordle472 Wordle 472 4/6* Unusual word. Bit of a head-scratcher. Multi-optioner. Good Luck fellow wordlers...." said another.

"Wordle 472 X 6/6 I made a lot of mistakes, forgot to use the yellow letter, wrote the same letter in both 4th and 5th, and didn't know this stupid word. Guess I'll have to stop playing at midnight. #Wordle472," said another player.

"Totally and completely mugged off by Wordle today Wordle 472 X/6," said another.

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Bough meaning 

Many players struggled with this challenge because they were simply unfamiliar with it. The word is not particularly common and more commonly appears in old-fashioned language rather than in day-to-day life. So what does the word 'bough' mean?

The word 'bough' is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as, ' a large branch of a tree'. The word is most commonly used in the lullaby 'Rock-a-bye Baby' and many people are familiar with the line, 'When the wind blows the cradle will rock, When the bough breaks the cradle will fall.' This is a reference to the branch that the cradle is hanging on.

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If you struggled to solve this Wordle challenge, don't worry, you are not alone! This was a particularly tough challenge that stumped a lot of players. However, if you want to improve at this game, there are a number of Wordle hacks and Wordle tricks, that may help.

If you fancy something a little different instead, there are a number of Wordle alternatives that are just like Wordle, but with a slightly different twist to keep things interesting!

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