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This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee.


If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Oedipus Word™.
Use the examples below to find the rule.

Oedipus Words™ Not Oedipus Words™
FICTION REALITY
AMERICA FRANCE
JUNGLE FOREST
PATRIOT BRONCO
BROWN YELLOW
PLANE BOAT
REVENGE MERCY
VIOLIN BASS
SEVEN SIX
EIGHT NINE
ROMANCE FRIENDSHIP

CSV version:

Oedipus Words™, Not Oedipus Words™

Fiction,        Reality
America,        France
Jungle,         Forest
Patriot,        Bronco
Brown,          Yellow
Plane,          Boat
Revenge,        Mercy
Violin,         Bass
Seven,          Six
Eight,          Nine
Romance,        Friendship

What is the special rule these words conform to?

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An Oedipus Word is

any word that appears in the title of a film in which Samuel L. Jackson has appeared.

Going through the ones in the question:

FICTION: Pulp Fiction
AMERICA: Coming to America
JUNGLE: Jungle Fever
PATRIOT: Patriot Games
BROWN: Jackie Brown
PLANE: Snakes on a Plane
REVENGE: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
VIOLIN: The Red Violin
SEVEN: One Eight Seven
EIGHT: The Hateful Eight
ROMANCE: True Romance

These are called Oedipus words because

Samuel L. Jackson is famous for saying "motherf**ker", which is what Oedipus was (credit to hexomino for making the connection).

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  • $\begingroup$ @hexomino Good call on the reference, I've added that in. $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Mar 18 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ That's the one! And indeed there was a typo in america that I'll fix $\endgroup$ – Keelhaul Mar 18 at 11:49

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