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In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.


If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Texan Word™.
Each Word™ can be tested by itself. This is not a definitive list of Texan Words™.
Texan Words™ Not Texan Words™
EGOTIST BRAGGART
FALSETTO SOPRANO
FORESTRY SAWMILL
FUNGOID ANTIFUNGAL
GUILTY INNOCENT
GUNPOINT THREATEN
KATYDID CRICKET
NUDITY BARENESS
PINPOINT LOCATE
PORTFOLIO ENVELOPE
SKULL PELVIS
QUIETEST STILLEST
QUINTUPLET OFFSPRING
YOGURT YOGHURT

Here is the CSV version:

Texan Words™, Not Texan Words™
EGOTIST, BRAGGART
FALSETTO, SOPRANO
FORESTRY, SAWMILL
FUNGOID, ANTIFUNGAL
GUILTY, INNOCENT
GUNPOINT, THREATEN
KATYDID, CRICKET
NUDITY, BARENESS
PINPOINT, LOCATE
PORTFOLIO, ENVELOPE
SKULL, PELVIS
QUIETEST, STILLEST
QUINTUPLET, OFFSPRING
YOGURT, YOGHURT

Hints will be released once or twice daily.

Hint 1:

"Texan" refers to something from Texas (in more ways than one).

Hint 2:

You're gonna need a calculator for this one.

Hint 3:

Alternate titles include Instrumental Words™ and Calculable Words™.

Hint 4:

No need to use the ALPHA button.

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I think a Texan word is

A word that can be "evaluated" on a Texas Instruments calculator.

How it works:

After pressing the required keys to spell out the word (without ALPHA) and then pressing enter, they do not give errors, unlike the non-Texan words. Most of them end with functions that are missing their arguments.

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  • $\begingroup$ I believe it's more like rot13(n frevrf bs yrggref juvpu, jura cerffrq ba n GV pnyphyngbe jvgubhg gur NYCUN ohggba, cebqhprf n "inyvq" (pna or pnyphyngrq) zngurzngvpny rkcerffvba. Sbe rknzcyr, PEVPXRG qbrfa'g penfu sbe zr, ohg vg qbrf abg cebqhpr nalguvat erzbgryl rinyhnoyr.) Either way, very nice find! $\endgroup$
    – Avi
    Feb 16, 2022 at 9:24
  • $\begingroup$ I do think rot13(zbfg rkcerffvbaf znqr ol gur aba-grkna jbeqf jvyy raq hc zvffvat nethzragf, naq gurersber va reebef.) And thanks ! $\endgroup$
    – Auribouros
    Feb 16, 2022 at 9:36
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    $\begingroup$ Yay, nice job! Continuing the conversation above, rot13(gur O naq P xrlf jrer sbeovqqra fvapr nccf naq cebtenzf jbhyq inel sebz pnyphyngbe gb pnyphyngbe, urapr jul PEVPXRG vf Aba-Grkna ohg zvtug abg or qlfshapgvbany.) $\endgroup$
    – WoomyRogue
    Feb 16, 2022 at 13:56

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