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This is inspired by the What is a Word/Phrase™ puzzles originally created by JLee.

If a word has a certain property, I call it a Vain Word™.

In each of the short, unrelated sentences below, only one of the choices is a Vain Word™.

The sentences are for context only, and do not affect whether a word is a Vain Word™.

  1. I missed the bus, so I took a ( CAB / TAXI ) to work.
  2. The old house down the street is covered in ( IVY / VINES ).
  3. Having too much to drink can make you ( VOMIT / PUKE ).
  4. To my dismay, a ( YOUNGSTER / YOUTH ) always loiters in front of my store.
  5. Archaeologists who explore tombs may have to contend with a ( ZOMBIE / MUMMY ).
  6. I noticed the ocean was very ( WAVY / CALM ) while I was sitting on the beach today.
  7. Having been beaten by my enemy last time, this time I was prepared to ( OUTSMART / OUTWIT ) him.
  8. The controversial social experiment turned out to be a ( HOAX / SHAM ).
  9. The mathematician was stuck trying to prove something, until he recalled a rather obscure ( AXIOM / THEOREM ).
  10. My friend showed my his ( GARGANTUAN / MAMMOTH ) truck. It was quite an eyesore.

What makes a word a Vain Word™?

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Vain words are

made up of letters which are symmetrical about the Y-axis, presumably because they like to look at themselves in the mirror

That is:

1. TAXI
2. IVY
3. VOMIT
4. YOUTH
5. MUMMY
6. WAVY
7. OUTWIT
8. HOAX
9. AXIOM
10. MAMMOTH

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  • $\begingroup$ was this question too easy...coz that was fast.. $\endgroup$ – manshu Dec 16 '15 at 20:32
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    $\begingroup$ @manshu: I'm wondering that myself :P Good job question_asker. $\endgroup$ – orp Dec 16 '15 at 20:33

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