The original Wordle, created by Welsh software engineer Josh Wardle, challenges players to find a five-letter word in six guesses.

Quordle ups the ante, asking players to guess four five-letter words at once within nine attempts. Quordle fans may be happier with the change of ownership of their favourite app, reports suggest.

The New York Times acquired Wordle for a low seven-figure sum. While Heardle, a song-guessing game also inspired by Wordle, was bought by Spotify, in July.

"I'm delighted to announce that Quordle was acquired by Merriam-Webster! I can't think of a better home for this game," Quordle creator Freddie Meyer wrote.

Merriam-Webster president Greg Barlow told news website TechCrunch Quordle was a "favourite of Merriam-Webster editors".

the New York Times has discovered even the apparently innocuous business of picking five-letter words can stir up controversy.

Some Heardle fans also reacted angrily to changes and bugs following its sale to Spotify. Some Wordle fans were unhappy with changes to the game following its 2022 sale