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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 special rule, I call it an Odious Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule.

A table of Odious and Not Odious Words

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

Odious Words™,Not Odious Words™
Cabanas,Bungalows
Canvas,Linen
Chunky,Bulky
Embassy,Sector
Fuzzy,Fluffy
Iguana,Lizard
Ladybug,Beetle
Laudanum,Tincture
Oak,Elm
Quagga,Zebra
Rhumba,Samba
Rugby,Football
Thanks,Gratitude
Wumpus,Mugwump

P.S.: This is my first puzzle! Any feedback on its strengths and weaknesses is much appreciated.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling Stack Exchange™! $\endgroup$ – EKons Sep 6 '16 at 14:38
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    $\begingroup$ Iguanas and ladybugs aren't odious! :P $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Sep 6 '16 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ Since you asked for feedback: I guess the question score speaks for itself, but I also think it's a very nice first question! Well defined and fairly difficult to solve. Can't point out any weaknesses to be honest. Looking forward to seeing (and maybe even solving :P) more puzzles from you! $\endgroup$ – user14478 Sep 6 '16 at 19:09
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An Odious Word™ is a word that

when converted to the decimal ASCII-representation of each letter, only contains odious numbers, and no evil numbers.

A more detailed explanation:

Convert each letter of the word to the decimal ASCII-represantion:
- If it has odious numbers only, it is odious.
- A word is thoroughly evil if it only contains evil numbers.
- If both of these cases don't apply, it is not odious (aka evil)
Here's a list of the words displaying if a letter is odious or evil:


Odious Words™ Not Odious Words™
Cabanas OOOOOOO Bungalows EOOOOEEEO
Canvas OOOOOO Linen OEOEO
Chunky OOOOOO Bulky EOEOO
Embassy OOOOOOO Sector EEEEEE
Fuzzy OOOOO Fluffy OEOEEO
Iguana OOOOOO Lizard OEOOEO
Ladybug OOOOOOO Beetle EEEEEE
Laudanum OOOOOOOO Tincture OEOEEOEE
Oak OOO Elm OEO
Quagga OOOOOO Zebra EEOEO
Rhumba OOOOOO Samba EOOOO
Rugby OOOOO Football OEEEOOEE
Thanks OOOOOO Gratitude EEOEEEOOE
Wumpus OOOOOO Mugwump EOOEOOO

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  • $\begingroup$ I was typing up an answer when you posted this! Great work. I agree that Samba appears to be odious, unless having a NON-odious first letter is a requirement? $\endgroup$ – TwoBitOperation Sep 6 '16 at 17:55
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    $\begingroup$ @TwoBitOperation I think so too. I updated my answer, since I also made some embarrassing mistakes in my list. Now I think it's clearly a requirement that the first letter must be evil for an odious word. (and for a thoroughly evil word the first letter must be odious). This is kind of confusing IMO, since 00000 would then be considered evil, but I guess it's not that easy to find reasonable words. $\endgroup$ – user14478 Sep 6 '16 at 17:59
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    $\begingroup$ So, so close! Try analyzing the words exactly as I typed them, that is, the case is relevant. $\endgroup$ – Phlarx Sep 6 '16 at 18:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Phlarx Hm... I tried using arrays A-z, a-Z and Aa-Zz, but no results... The cheeky answer would be to just "reverse the boolean value of the first letter", but that's certainly not what you want to hear :P I'm working on it, would be a shame if I fail at this part (for anyone who figured it out: feel free to post your own answer) $\endgroup$ – user14478 Sep 6 '16 at 18:30
  • $\begingroup$ Does it help if I say that hyphenated words are automatically Not Odious, but phrases (two or more words separated by a space) can be Odious? $\endgroup$ – Phlarx Sep 6 '16 at 18:32

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