If a phrase has a certain property, I call it an Uncopyrightable Word™.
In each of the sentences below, one word is an Uncopyrightable Word™ and one is not.
The sentences are for context only, and do not affect whether a word is an Uncopyrightable Word™.
- The forecast says it's going to (SNOW / RAIN) tomorrow.
- Your explanations always tend towards (HYPERBOLE / EXAGGERATION).
- The ideal political system is a (DEMOCRACY / REPUBLIC).
- The answer to your question is (YES / NO).
- His (NEIGHBOURLY / FRIENDLY) advice was well-received.
- I (CERTAINLY / DEFINITELY) don't think this puzzle is difficult.
- The (DUKE / BARON) had very good manners.
- The team worked with great (SYNERGY / RECIPROCITY).
- The winter (FESTIVAL / CELEBRATION) is one of the high points of the year.
- My favourite composer is (BACH / BEETHOVEN).
What makes a word an Uncopyrightable Word™?