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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:

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

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    $\begingroup$ are you trade marking word and phrase ? $\endgroup$ – moonbutt74 Dec 19 '15 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. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Dec 19 '15 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 '15 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. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Dec 19 '15 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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