Wordle 480 drives fans crazy with 'the worst Wordle ever' as streaks are lost

Players of Wordle have been left frustrated after failing to solve a difficult challenge, but what is the meaning behind this tricky word?

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Wordle 480 has stumped a number of players who struggled to work out the tricky challenge set by the New York Times on Wednesday, October 12, 2022.

Wordle has been known to throw players a few curveballs, and words such as; leerycoylyquart, and agape have caused a lot of frustration for fans in the past. Yet again on October 12, fans have been completely stumped by another tricky challenge.

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The solution to Wordle 480 was the word 'ionic.' This infuriated a number of players who took to social media to complain about the difficulty of the word. 

"Wordle 480 X 6/6 That’s hands down one of the craziest Wordle solutions you’ll see today. This word drove me cuckoo-bananas and almost broke my streak for just one letter lmao. Un-f**kin-believable. #Wordle480," said one player.

"You have to be sh**ting me there's no f**king way Wordle 480 X/6," said another frustrated player.

"Wordle 480 X/6 - annoyingly it HASNT given me the correct answer this morning !! I cannot for the life of me what the word is," said another.

"FR  [For real] the worst Wordle ever. Wordle 480 X/6," added yet another.

One went so far as to suggest the word was made up. "Don't want to give too much away but I've never used this word, I'm sure I never will, I don't know what it means, and I'm fast becoming convinced that the NYT has discarded the English language dictionary altogether! Wordle 480 4/6," said the player.

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Ionic Meaning

Many players struggled with this challenge because they were simply unfamiliar with this term. The word is not particularly common and mostly appears in Chemistry or Physics lessons, more than it does in everyday life. So what does the word ionic mean?

The Cambridge dictionary defines 'ionic' as 'relating to an atom or small group of atoms that has an electrical charge because it has added or lost one or more electrons'. To use this word in context, you could say, 'When an ionic solid dissolves in water, bonds are formed between water molecules and the ions'. The word is also commonly used to describe 'ionic bonding'.

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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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