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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 has a certain property, I call it a Re-Tileable Word™.

You can use the examples below to find the property:

$$\begin{array}{|c|c|} \hline \bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Re-Tileable Words™}}&\bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Un-Re-Tileable Words™}}\\ \hline \text{KALE}&\text{CHARD}\\ \hline \text{ROOSTER}&\text{COCKEREL}\\ \hline \text{KARMA}&\text{FORTUNE}\\ \hline \text{SALMON}&\text{MACKEREL}\\ \hline \text{TEST}&\text{QUIZ}\\ \hline \text{DREAM}&\text{NIGHTMARE}\\ \hline \text{FAST}&\text{QUICK}\\ \hline \text{CRAFT}&\text{ORIGAMI}\\ \hline \text{VIEW}&\text{SCENERY}\\ \hline \text{ORGAN}&\text{GLAND}\\ \hline \text{SCORE}&\text{MARKS}\\ \hline \text{EROTIC}&\text{SEXUAL}\\ \hline \end{array} $$

For those without MathJax, or if you want to pop this into a spreadsheet, here is a CSV version:

Re-tileable Word™, Non-re-tileable Word™  

KALE, CHARD  
ROOSTER, COCKEREL  
KARMA, FORTUNE   
SALMON, MACKEREL  
TEST, QUIZ  
DREAM, NIGHTMARE  
FAST, QUICK  
CRAFT, ORIGAMI  
VIEW, SCENERY  
ORGAN, GLAND  
SCORE, MARKS  
EROTIC, SEXUAL  
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A Re-Tileable Word™ seems to be ...

... an allowable Scrable word that can be anagrammed to one or more other allowable Scrabble words. Some anagrams are obscure e.g. makar, monals, tercio, but they are all in the Scrabble dictionary. The Un-Re-Tileable words have no useful anagrams.

These words are Re-Tileable™, because ...

... to make an anagram of a word on a Scrabble board just means to rearrange the tiles.

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    $\begingroup$ I was thinking along the same lines, except that I used this random wordsmith.org/anagram/advanced.html anagram solver which did not give anything useful for KARMA. Then I dropped the idea. $\endgroup$ – Matsmath Sep 20 '16 at 7:37
  • $\begingroup$ @Matsmath: I've used the Word Wizard from the Chambers website. It can find only single words and some fixed expressions, but it tells you whether a word is a valid Scrabble word. (And it can find words that aren't even in Chambers.) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Sep 20 '16 at 7:50

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