In honor of the long-running What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles, came up with this puzzle myself.

There's a special rule that can be applied to words to determine whether or not they're a Wyrrd™. Here are some examples:

Wyrrd™ Not a Wyrrd™
efficient late
halved complete
odd even
adjacent final
inefficient flawless
versatile mediocre

If you want the CSV to analyze, here it is:

Wyrrd™,Not a Wyrrd™

What is the rule that determines whether something is a Wyrrd™? Bonus: figure out why it's called a Wyrrd™.

  • $\begingroup$ Two hypotheses, one is that "Wyrrd" has no I and e, another is that a lot of the left ones end with t and d $\endgroup$ Commented May 18, 2022 at 0:20
  • $\begingroup$ Hints? @Deter... $\endgroup$ Commented May 18, 2022 at 0:47
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    $\begingroup$ @NumberBasher Hold your horses - this puzzle has only just been posted! :) Convention on Puzzling is to wait at least 24 hours before dropping hints, as this is a global community - it gives our users from all around the world a chance to see it and contribute. It's worth noting that in this type of puzzle the title itself is usually a carefully chosen hint - start with that.... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented May 18, 2022 at 6:11
  • $\begingroup$ @NumberBasher By the way, it's "De r ter", not "Deter" (it has an "r"). $\endgroup$ Commented May 18, 2022 at 21:46

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A Wyrrd is a word that

Has been the subject of, and in the title of, a previous word puzzle by yours truly. The rot13 of wyrrd is Jleeq, meaning a JLee question (thx Auribouros)

I thought on this puzzle for 2 hours and tried many dead ends, and then it hit me!

Thanks for the puzzle!

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    $\begingroup$ Also want to add why it's named Wyrrd, ybh zvtug jnag gb EBG13 gur zvqqyr guerr yrggre :) $\endgroup$
    – Auribouros
    Commented May 18, 2022 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ All correct, and I'm glad you enjoyed it ;-)! $\endgroup$ Commented May 18, 2022 at 19:34

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