# What is a Racist 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 Racist Word™. (Disclaimer: In case anyone feels nervous about this puzzle, Racist Words™ are not actual racist words.)

In addition, the Not Racist Words™ are Not Racist in a related way. Can you also determine what that is?

Use the following examples below to find the rule:

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

Racist Words™,Not Racist Words™
BLACK,ALBUM
GREAT,CRYPT
LARGE,EARTH
LIGHT,FIELD
NOBLE,GLAND
QUICK,HEATH
SWEET,OUNCE
THICK,TRIES

• Random trivia: 'album' is Latin for 'white'. Of course that's not racist ... – Glorfindel Oct 25 '16 at 6:43
• so the White Album is ... like ... really white? – Rubio Oct 25 '16 at 7:15
• @Rubio Fair Gwen tried to play the White Album for the candidate but found that it was blank. – Robert Columbia Oct 25 '16 at 15:38
• Did anyone try comparative frequency analysis in certain politicians' speeches? – WBT Oct 25 '16 at 19:07

All words in the list, both Racist™ and Not Racist™, can be appended or prepended with the letters EN. For the Racist Words™, the result is just an extension of the root word, while for the Non-Racist Words™, the meaning changes completely.

Racist Words™

BLACKEN
GREATEN
ENLARGE
LIGHTEN
ENNOBLE
QUICKEN
SWEETEN
THICKEN

Non-Racist Words™

ALBUMEN
ENCHANT
ENCRYPT
EARTHEN
ENFIELD
ENGLAND
HEATHEN
ENOUNCE
ENTRIES

They are called Racist™ because

I think this is a reference to the "N-word", adding EN to the Racist Words™ does not fundamentally change them while adding EN to the Non-Racist Words™ completely changes the meaning.

• If this is not the answer, it should be. – David Conrad Oct 25 '16 at 10:24
• @hexomino: That's correct - well done. What I had in mind is that modifying the words on the left in the way you have stated gives words that mean "to make ___", while doing the same to the words on the right does not. – paolo Oct 25 '16 at 12:06
• Awesome. Clever question, clever answer. – user30599 Oct 25 '16 at 12:42
• By this explanation, I find it strange to consider "earth" a non-racist word. – Daniel Wagner Oct 26 '16 at 20:16
• @Daniel Wagner I see where you're coming from: earthenware is made of earth. However, the words on the left are all adjectives that are turned into verbs with the sense "to make <adjective>", and that isn't true for EARTH. – paolo Oct 27 '16 at 16:38

Each of the words on the left can be made into a new word by adding the >! letters 'E', 'E', 'N', 'D' BLACKENED BROADENED GREATENED ENLARGED LIGHTENED ENNOBLED QUICKENED SWEETENED THICKENED

• I think this doesn't work with ENCRYPTED or ENCHANTED, which are not supposed to fit the pattern. – tmpearce Oct 25 '16 at 6:29
• @quarkle: Very close. If you look at the title, you might see how to modify your answer to get the correct one. – paolo Oct 25 '16 at 6:29
• @tmpearce: You are right to notice this. In this particular puzzle, the Not Racist Words™ are Not Racist in a related way. – paolo Oct 25 '16 at 6:34
• Oohh, close. well done! Deserves more votes I think. – n00dles Oct 25 '16 at 14:39
• @tmpearce You've never chantened some weapons in your Minecraft world stored on your cryptened hard drive? – user253751 Oct 26 '16 at 4:52

Racist words are words that

can end with "EST"

So:

BLACKEST, BROADEST, GREATEST, LARGEST, LIGHTEST, NOBLEST, QUICKEST, SWEETEST, THICKEST

are racist words.

• this doesn't work for NOBLE or LARGE. – Rubio Oct 25 '16 at 7:14
• Noblest and Largest - Both words can end with "EST". The fact that the base words already end with 'e' is irrelevant. – user30599 Oct 25 '16 at 7:24
• ah. i guess that makes sense. gotcha. – Rubio Oct 25 '16 at 7:26
• Ermmm... Am I wrong or is it simpler to say they are adjectives in this case? – geisterfurz007 Oct 25 '16 at 7:58
• @Pete: clearly they are, in fact, "racest" and "non-racest" words. – flith Oct 26 '16 at 6:28

Racist words are words that

can be postfixed with NESS to make another word.

There is a simpler explanation: