# What is a Lonely 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 special rule, I call it a Lonely Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule.

* Disputable
** Crowded

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

LONELY WORD™, NOT LONELY WORD™
CIVIL, FRIENDLY
OVAL*, RECTANGULAR
DULL, HANDSOME
FOCAL, SIGNIFICANT
SHINY, POLISHED
BIG, MINIATURE
CLOWN, ACROBATIC
WHOLE*, BROKEN
ULOTRICHOUS, DELICIOUS
JUSSIEUAN, COURAGEOUS
VACUOUS, HAZEL-EYED
MINI, TINY**
POROUS, ENORMOUS**
DOWDY, WEE*

*Disputable
**Crowded


Hint:

1. Lonely does not mean Alone.

2. I mentioned in comments that fixing the mistake in Ulotricious would not change the fact that is a Lonely Word™. However, it does bring it one step closer to being a Not Lonely Word™.

• Some more examples would be good, if the answer below was not the intended answer. – Hack-R Sep 17 '16 at 1:59
• @Hack-R I have added more examples. Believe it or not, it is really hard to come up with examples for this one. – Maria Deleva Sep 17 '16 at 6:08
• It might be that a non lonely word is composition of one/more lonely word with "ly" or some other word. A lonely word can't be broken into sub parts, but a non-lonely word can. It may be, I ain't so sure. – user27395 Sep 18 '16 at 17:26
• Would you like to tell us whether a Not Lonely Word is just a word that isn't a Lonely Word, or whether some words are neither Lonely nor Not Lonely? – Gareth McCaughan Sep 18 '16 at 19:11
• @MD I suppose in not lonely words you get two or more words spelled as thou take letters orderly from the beginning. – user27395 Sep 21 '16 at 3:39

Partial attempt at an answer [heard something in the chat room while passing by on my way out to bed and came back to give it half a shot]:-

A Not Lonely Word™ is one that:-

Can be used as an adjective before a word formed by anagramming some or all of its letters, to give a common phrase

A Lonely Word™ is one that is not a Not Lonely Word™.

Examples:-

FRIENDLY FIRE
RECTANGULAR CAGE
HANDSOME MAN
SIGNIFICANT FACT
POLISHED SHOE
BROKEN BONE
DELICIOUS SLICE
TINY NIT
ENORMOUS ROOM / MOUSE / MOOR / MORON (?)
WEE EWE (?)

• In this sense? puzzling.stackexchange.com/a/42355/29343 – Matsmath Sep 22 '16 at 20:38
• @Matsmath, if you look carefully, the patterns used are different. – Maria Deleva Sep 22 '16 at 20:39
• @Matsmath: No, not even close. They're both based off common two-word phrases, but the way you can get those phrases is completely different. – Deusovi Sep 22 '16 at 20:39
• Ahh, I see now, so the matching word is hiding inside. Clever. – Matsmath Sep 22 '16 at 20:40
• How in life did you come up with this???? – greenturtle3141 Sep 22 '16 at 22:14

A lonely word has

5 or fewer letters.

A not lonely word has

6 or more letters.

UPDATE
The new examples, of course, mean this is no longer accurate.

• @BeastlyGerbil Quite possible, but there are no counterexamples. – Dan Russell Sep 16 '16 at 21:00
• If this is the intended answer... I have no words. And without different test cases, this is a valid answer nonetheless. +1 for exploiting the lack of better test cases :P – user14478 Sep 16 '16 at 21:01
• Even though this answer is no longer valid, it could still be useful as a means of deciphering the rule, since we can assume that the length of the word makes it easier to categorize. Now that we know Lonely words can have more than 5 letters, I have to wonder if there are non-Lonely words with fewer than 6 characters... – Bulldogg6404 Sep 18 '16 at 19:07
• Does the new Lonely Word™ ULOTRICIOUS have more than 5 letters? I keep losing count. – humn Sep 18 '16 at 19:42
• @ΈρικΚωνσταντόπουλος When this was posted, it correctly described all examples provided. – Dan Russell Sep 22 '16 at 17:49