# What is a Rotten Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Rotten Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule.

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Rotten Words™,Not Rotten Words™
ANT,BEETLE
BARF,VOMIT
CLERK,TELLER
EBBS,FLOWS
ENVY,JEALOUSY
FLAP,FLUTTER
GNAT,FLY
GREEN,BLUE
NOWHERE,SOMEWHERE
NUN,PRIEST
PURELY,MIXED
REEF,OCEAN
ROOF,CEILING
VEX,TROUBLE

• does font/case matter? – dfperry Nov 20 '15 at 21:21
• Should "somewere" be "somewhere"? – question_asker Nov 20 '15 at 21:24
• @dperry Neither font nor case matters for this one. It's a lot more fun that my previous ones, in my opinion. – Engineer Toast Nov 20 '15 at 21:30
• @question_asker Spellcheck didn't catch it because it was all capitals. Thanks. Fixed now. – Engineer Toast Nov 20 '15 at 21:31
• 86% of rotten words are shorter than their non-rotten counterparts! – Michael Nov 20 '15 at 22:58

These produce: NAG ONES PYREX ROOF RAIL SYNC TANG TERRA ABJURER AHA CHERYL ERRS EBBS IRK.