# What is a RanchWord™?

This puzzle is based off the What is a Word™ series started by JLee

If a word follows a certain rule it is called a RanchWord™. Here are some examples:

RanchWords™ Not RanchWords™
ARREST DETAIN
SHORTEST TALLEST
DEFERRED DENIED
ATOMS MOLECULES
THERMOMETERS BAROMETERS
FOOT ANKLE
FARM RANCH
SOUTHEAST NORTHWEST

CSV:

RanchWords™,Not RanchWords™
ARREST,DETAIN
SHORTEST,TALLEST
DEFERRED,DENIED
ATOMS,MOLECULES
THERMOMETERS,BAROMETERS
FOOT,ANKLE
FARM,RANCH
SOUTHEAST,NORTHWEST


What is the rule to tell whether a word is a RanchWord™ or not? Why are they called RanchWords™, especially since "Ranch" ISN'T one?

(Note that each word can be tested for whether it is a RanchWord™ on its own, without looking at any of the other words in the list of examples.)

• I'm out of ideas. Maybe a small hint?
– JLee
May 3 at 12:04