1 of the 5 two-word combinations shown below does not have the same word property as the other 4. Which one? Why?

Note: The answer has nothing to do with the number of: letters, vowels, consonants or syllables. It has nothing to do with meaning of the words or whether a particular letter/s is present or missing.

1 Commercial space

2 Cancun Mexico

3 Special vaccine

4 Focaccia slice

5 Oceanic places


3 Answers 3


The answer is

Cancun Mexico

because in it

the letter C is only pronounced one way

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Twice at that . $\endgroup$
    – humn
    Commented Nov 10, 2021 at 3:27

The answer must be 5 because it is the only plural.

  • 2
    $\begingroup$ And this shows the problem with "odd one out" questions: there are usually multiple answers which could be "correct". $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 11, 2021 at 10:35
  • $\begingroup$ I once saw an "odd one out" problem whose answer was the only one of the 5 that couldn't be considered the "odd one out" by some criterion, thereby being the "odd one out" $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 11, 2021 at 11:11

I was a little torn because

Three of them are adjective-noun, and one is noun-noun (Focaccia slice is noun noun, but I suppose you could stretch to say that focaccia was sort of adjective-like)... but Cancun Mexico is name-name, so that must be the answer.

Also note

The original question asked about word property. When you say word property, I take that to mean the kind or type of word that it is.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.