# What is a Sound 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 certain rule, I call it a Sound Word™.

Use the examples below to find the rule.

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

$$\begin{array}{|c|c|} \hline \text{Sound Words™}&\text{Not Sound Words™}\\ \hline \text{DECAY}&\text{DECOMPOSE}\\ \hline \text{QUEUE}&\text{LINE}\\ \hline \text{EIGHTY}&\text{FOURSCORE}\\ \hline \text{ENEMY}&\text{FOE}\\ \hline \text{EXPEDIENCY}&\text{EFFICIENCY}\\ \hline \text{ESCAPEE}&\text{FUGITIVE}\\ \hline \text{TEDIOUS}&\text{BORING}\\ \hline \text{DEVIOUS}&\text{TRICKY}\\ \hline \text{EXCELLENCY}&\text{EMINENCE}\\ \hline \text{IVY}&\text{VINE}\\ \hline \end{array}$$

• are you trade marking word and phrase ? – moonbutt74 Dec 19 '15 at 0:40
• @moonbutt74 It was how JLee did his original puzzles (see the links), and the tradition has continued. It's mostly a joke. – GentlePurpleRain Dec 19 '15 at 5:10
• 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. – Arc676 Dec 19 '15 at 12:10
• @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. – GentlePurpleRain Dec 19 '15 at 13:55

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
• good job! good job haha – Adit Kirtani Jun 30 '16 at 4:18