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 Shady Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule:

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

Shady Words™,Not Shady Words™


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You said my previous answer, prefixing with "SUN", was close (and actually worked until the Not Shady Words™ list was changed to preclude this answer).

While various dictionaries don't quite agree with each other about this new attempt, it is close to what I had before and most of the word lists I use agree with me so I'm going to give this a go ...

Shady Words™ can be prefixed with "UN" to form new words.

And they're shady because

they can be turned to the dark side (negated).

  • $\begingroup$ Close, but no cigar, I'm afraid. I realise now I haven't made the puzzle specific enough. I'll modify a few of the words to rule out this specific answer. $\endgroup$
    – paolo
    Oct 25, 2016 at 6:24
  • $\begingroup$ man. I was sure on that one, it fit perfectly - even the name. :) $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Oct 25, 2016 at 6:26
  • $\begingroup$ You're close, Rubio. Have another look... $\endgroup$
    – paolo
    Oct 25, 2016 at 6:26
  • $\begingroup$ Wouldn't Glasses and Spot be shady? $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2016 at 6:37
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    $\begingroup$ OP paolo changed the question because my answer was not what he was looking for. "glasses" was formerly "skirt" and "spot" formerly "group", for which my answer worked; it doesn't anymore, so .. back to the drawing board $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Oct 25, 2016 at 6:39

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