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 Touch Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule.

$$\begin{array}{|c|c|} \hline \textbf{Touch Words™}&\textbf{Not Touch Words™}\\ \hline \text{DECOMPOSE}&\text{DECAY}\\ \hline \text{ENEMY}&\text{LINE}\\ \hline \text{EXPEDIENCY}&\text{QUEUE}\\ \hline \text{ESCAPE}&\text{EIGHTY}\\ \hline \text{DEVIOUS}&\text{TEDIOUS}\\ \hline \text{IVY}&\text{EXCELLENCY}\\ \hline \text{FOURSCORE}&\text{UNKNOWN}\\ \hline \text{BORING}&\text{TRICKY}\\ \hline \text{EFFICIENCY}&\text{TEENAGER}\\ \hline \text{FUGITIVE}&\text{EXTRA}\\ \hline \end{array} $$

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

Touch Words™,Not Touch Words™

But don't use it.

Thanks to Engineer Toast and GentlePurpleRain for posting all the words I needed here and there.

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    $\begingroup$ is important the "T" being lower than the rest? :/ $\endgroup$
    – lois6b
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 9:48
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    $\begingroup$ @lois6b I'm not sure to understand your question, but the response is certainly: nope. $\endgroup$
    – Puck
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 9:51
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    $\begingroup$ ah ok, i just the font then $\endgroup$
    – lois6b
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 9:56

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I think I got this one right

While pronouncing(correctly) the word, if your lips 'touch' or if your lip 'touch' your teeth, then it is a touch word

  • $\begingroup$ Damn I'm too slow today Q.Q, I was thinking about the same, just checking it while writing the answer. Nice! $\endgroup$
    – Yandrakus
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 10:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Yandrakus twice ninja'd today lol $\endgroup$
    – lois6b
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 10:46
  • $\begingroup$ @lois6b release all ninjas! $\endgroup$
    – Yandrakus
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 10:46
  • $\begingroup$ At least in my case, "Tricky" and "Ivy" would be in the same column by this analysis. $\endgroup$
    – abligh
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 12:29
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    $\begingroup$ @abligh TIL. As an American, I pronounce 'r' without rolling it but also without touching my teeth to my lip. $\endgroup$
    – DLosc
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 16:07

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