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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 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:

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

Racist Words™,Not Racist Words™  
BLACK,ALBUM  
BROAD,CHANT  
GREAT,CRYPT  
LARGE,EARTH  
LIGHT,FIELD  
NOBLE,GLAND  
QUICK,HEATH  
SWEET,OUNCE  
THICK,TRIES  
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    $\begingroup$ Random trivia: 'album' is Latin for 'white'. Of course that's not racist ... $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Oct 25 '16 at 6:43
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    $\begingroup$ so the White Album is ... like ... really white? $\endgroup$ – Rubio Oct 25 '16 at 7:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Rubio Fair Gwen tried to play the White Album for the candidate but found that it was blank. $\endgroup$ – Robert Columbia Oct 25 '16 at 15:38
  • $\begingroup$ Did anyone try comparative frequency analysis in certain politicians' speeches? $\endgroup$ – WBT Oct 25 '16 at 19:07
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I think the answer is

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
BROADEN
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.

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    $\begingroup$ If this is not the answer, it should be. $\endgroup$ – David Conrad Oct 25 '16 at 10:24
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    $\begingroup$ @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. $\endgroup$ – paolo Oct 25 '16 at 12:06
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    $\begingroup$ Awesome. Clever question, clever answer. $\endgroup$ – Snow Oct 25 '16 at 12:42
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    $\begingroup$ By this explanation, I find it strange to consider "earth" a non-racist word. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Wagner Oct 26 '16 at 20:16
  • $\begingroup$ @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. $\endgroup$ – paolo Oct 27 '16 at 16:38
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Here's my answer:

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

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

can end with "EST"

So:

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

are racist words.

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

can be postfixed with NESS to make another word.

There is a simpler explanation:

all adjectives

are racist words.

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  • $\begingroup$ They are, but that isn't the link. $\endgroup$ – paolo Oct 25 '16 at 6:30
  • $\begingroup$ Naq aba-enpvfg jbeqf ner abhaf. (Forgive my old-fashioned ROT13ing. I don't know how else to hide a spoiler in a comment.) $\endgroup$ – Daniel Wagner Oct 26 '16 at 20:21
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The words which have superlatives or in racist terms superior-

BLACKEST BROADEST GREATEST LARGEST LIGHTEST NOBLEST QUICKEST SWEETEST THICKEST Means the one which can end with ST as the title says "Racist"

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  • $\begingroup$ This isn't it. The Not Racist Words have been carefully chosen, and part of the puzzle is working out how they fit. $\endgroup$ – paolo Oct 25 '16 at 8:53

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