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 Mostly Ruddy Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule.

Mostly Ruddy Words

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

Mostly Ruddy Words™,Not Mostly Ruddy Words™

Addition 1:

I have added two footnotes to the image. The words are in the order they're in on purpose although there's no direct correlation between one word and the next. The words at the bottom are more mostly than those at the top with the exception of the last word, which is more ruddy.

Addition 2:

You may think I made a typo or left out a word in Addition 1, but I assure you that is not the case. Here's a new idea: none of the words in the table above are ruddy as they currently appear. They are all extremely mostly, though. With a quick transformation, they all become mostly ruddy except for HALLELUJAH (which is too mostly) and STYLOGRAPHY (which is too ruddy).

  • $\begingroup$ I'm guessing that MOSTLY RUDDY is Mostly Ruddy™. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Aug 31 '16 at 19:07
  • $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain I can confirm that MOSTLY RUDDY is a Mostly Ruddy Phrase™ . $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Aug 31 '16 at 21:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Engineer Toast Is it surprising that no one has come up the plate with anything at all? Or was this expected? $\endgroup$ – bill bsl Sep 2 '16 at 2:49
  • $\begingroup$ @TylerJohnson It's an entirely different idea from my last few puzzles so it's not shocking. I was waiting an extra day before posting hints but I have one ready for tomorrow. $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Sep 2 '16 at 3:07
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    $\begingroup$ @IAmInPLS one possible anagram is magenta. Ruddy's meaning has to do with the color red, So I think that is a possible link. Also Since GentlePurpleRain's username is mostly ruddy, I think I'm on the right track. $\endgroup$ – Areeb Sep 2 '16 at 13:46

The simple transformation is

to write the words in lowercase.

Then a mostly word is

a word that has a letter that ascends above the midline (dots do not count).

and a ruddy word is

a word that has a letter that descends below the baseline.

and a mostly ruddy word is

a word that has an ascending letter before a descending letter (i.e. is mostly before it is ruddy).

I think mostly ruddy refers to

the idea that if the word were a boat then the ascending letter could be a mast (most) and the descending letter could be a rudder (ruddy), so naturally the mast should come before the rudder.

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    $\begingroup$ Finally this puzzle will stop bothering my day ^_^ $\endgroup$ – greenturtle3141 Sep 3 '16 at 6:34
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    $\begingroup$ You get the tick for having the right answer. You get +1 for getting my hilarious pun. $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Sep 3 '16 at 12:13

It would appear that the first word is a slightly more specific type of what the second word is. For example, a name tag isn't necessarily tied to all forms of identification, but it is a type of identification. Zoology is a type of medicine. So, the rule is: 'first word' is a type of 'second word'

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  • $\begingroup$ can't seem to make it fit with waterjet.... $\endgroup$ – Sid Sep 2 '16 at 16:56
  • $\begingroup$ They can't all be winners, eh? Best answer I could come up with. $\endgroup$ – ToTheMax Sep 2 '16 at 16:59
  • $\begingroup$ Although water is partially air..? $\endgroup$ – ToTheMax Sep 2 '16 at 17:00
  • $\begingroup$ What about allergen, scallops, and hallelujah? $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Sep 2 '16 at 17:01
  • $\begingroup$ Allergens irritate, therefore are an irritant. $\endgroup$ – ToTheMax Sep 2 '16 at 17:02

Not a complete answer:

I noticed that most Mostly Ruddy Words are made up of two words that are not the same length.

It didn't follow the pattern for some words. This is probably a dead end, it might inspire someone though.

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  • $\begingroup$ -1: This should probably be a comment, not an answer. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Sep 2 '16 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ What about allergen, scallops, and hallelujah? $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Sep 2 '16 at 17:01
  • $\begingroup$ @EngineerToast yeah I said it didn't follows the rule for every word. I should've put it in a comment $\endgroup$ – Areeb Sep 2 '16 at 17:35

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