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I am trying to find a word that is 5 letters in length.

  • Change the first letter to two other letters, and it comes to taunt you. (This becomes a 6-letter word.)
  • Change the second letter to another letter, and it becomes all the rage.
  • Change the third letter to another, and its importance changes.
  • Change the last letter, and it becomes your gut feeling.

I am told that changing the fourth letter yields no English word (though I am sure someone on PE will find one).

What word am I looking for?

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When you change the second letter and third, etc. do you leave the first letter as it is after the first change or do you use the original word? – Beastly Gerbil Mar 24 at 13:15
    
Seems like non-connected modifiers, based on the comment about the 4th letter – Khale_Kitha Mar 24 at 13:16
    
Correct - each change is based off the original word. – APrough Mar 24 at 13:18
    
changing the first letter to two other letters - is that to mean the resulting word for this case is 6 letters? or are there two different first letter swaps that can have similar outcome? – Matt Mar 24 at 13:20
    
The first word is actually a 6 letter word after the conversion. All others are 5. – APrough Mar 24 at 13:23
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I'm thinking

VAGUE

Change the first letter to two other letters, and it comes to taunt you.

BLAGUE or PLAGUE

Change the second letter to another letter, and it becomes all the rage.

VOGUE

Change the third letter to another, and it's importance changes.

VALUE

Change the last letter, and it becomes your gut feeling

VAGUS

And

It's easy to understand why you couldn't think of this one. It's, uh, a little hard to, uh, hmm.

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OK, you always solve my questions way too quickly. However, you are incorrect with the first clue, with one of the two letters. – APrough Mar 24 at 13:26
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Plague? Though I don't suppose it would taunt you. – Khale_Kitha Mar 24 at 13:27
    
After looking up question_asker's first answer, I agree that it does fit, despite the fact that I was looking for Khale_Kitha's solution. (look up the second definition of the word). – APrough Mar 24 at 13:30
    
Oh - right. I wasn't thinking of it, that way. Sleepiness Plagues me. – Khale_Kitha Mar 24 at 13:31
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@APrough I added the other - I'll be honest, I didn't know the first one I chose before this puzzle. – question_asker Mar 24 at 13:31

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