# A New Word Order

These ten words are arranged in order according to a certain property they share:

festive
fixture
salient
resolving
recline
accessory
redcoat
programming

Where should each of the following four words be inserted into the list?

abbreviate
twelve
humdinger
anecdote

What is the property shared by all fourteen words?

Hint

A word's meaning is not relevant to the property in question.

• In looking for a pattern among these words, I realised for the first time that the word "salient" has an alien in the middle! Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 18:10
• uh oh. rand's back. answer fast! :)
– JLee
Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 18:18
• Wow, all 10 of the example words have 3 vowels (depending on your y-tolerance). Then only one of the additional 4 has 3 vowels... I wonder what the statistical odds of that are. Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 18:25
• Once the property is found, then sorting the list becomes trivial, or so I assume! :)
– JLee
Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 18:32
• hmm, I can see a Festive Humdinger or a Salient Mixture. Maybe an Advice Accessory will help me find the pattern ;D Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 19:03

That was a real humdinger. Now I'm feeling festive.

Roman numerals. Each word has, somewhere after the first character, a string of Roman Numerals, evaluating to a number. Let the property be that number. Then we get this ordering:
festIVe = 4
abbreVIate=6
fIXture=9
saLIent=51
tweLVe=55
resoLVIng=56
reCLIne=151
aCCessory=200
aneCDote=400