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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 certain rule, I call it a Sound Word™.

Use the examples below to find the rule.

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For those unable to view images, here is a text version of the table:

Sound Words™ Not Sound Words™
DECAY DECOMPOSE
QUEUE LINE
EIGHTY FOURSCORE
ENEMY FOE
EXPEDIENCY EFFICIENCY
ESCAPEE FUGITIVE
TEDIOUS BORING
DEVIOUS TRICKY
EXCELLENCY EMINENCE
IVY VINE
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    $\begingroup$ are you trade marking word and phrase ? $\endgroup$
    – moonbutt74
    Dec 19, 2015 at 0:40
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    $\begingroup$ @moonbutt74 It was how JLee did his original puzzles (see the links), and the tradition has continued. It's mostly a joke. $\endgroup$ Dec 19, 2015 at 5:10
  • $\begingroup$ This exact type of word was mentioned in Vsauce's Youtube video Dord. Michael says it's called a "gramogram" but no online dictionary has been able to define it. This might cause some trouble when you try to trademark it. $\endgroup$
    – Arc676
    Dec 19, 2015 at 12:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Arc676 There are a few websites around with lists of grammagrams. I don't think that's an "official" name; it's just something someone made up. Those websites helped me in composing this puzzle. $\endgroup$ Dec 19, 2015 at 13:55

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A Sound Word is a word whose every syllable sounds like a letter of the alphabet.

  • Decay: DK
  • Queue: Q
  • Eighty: AT
  • Enemy: NME
  • Expediency: XPDNC
  • Escapee: SKP
  • Tedious: TDS
  • Devious: DVS
  • Excellency: XLNC
  • Ivy: IV
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