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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 Spelling Bee Word™.
Use the following examples below to find the rule.
Added more words here, which should help.

$$\begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline \bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Spelling Bee Words }^™}& \bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Not Spelling Bee Words }^™}\\ \hline \text{ BEE }&\text{ WASP }\\ \hline \text{ PER }&\text{ EACH }\\ \hline \text{ DING }&\text{ DONG }\\ \hline \text{ PING }&\text{ TRACE }\\ \hline \text{ TOTAL }&\text{ SUM }\\ \hline \text{ LEVER }&\text{ KNOB }\\ \hline \text{ STRING }&\text{ CORD }\\ \hline \text{ BUMBLE }&\text{ BLUNDER }\\ \hline \text{ MISDEED }&\text{ WRONG }\\ \hline \text{ SHEPHERD }&\text{ TAMER }\\ \hline \text{ NONVIABLE }&\text{ HEALTHY }\\ \hline \end{array}$$

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

Spelling Bee Words™,Not Spelling Bee Words™
BEE,WASP
PER,EACH
DING,DONG
PING,TRACE
TOTAL,SUM
LEVER,KNOB
STRING,CORD
BUMBLE,BLUNDER
MISDEED,WRONG
SHEPHERD,TAMER
NONVIABLE,HEALTHY

The puzzle relies on the series' inbuilt assumption, that each word can be tested for whether it is a Spelling Bee Word™ without relying on the other words.

These are not the only examples of Spelling Bee Words™, many more exist.

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  • $\begingroup$ I assume PONG is not a spelling be word? $\endgroup$ – MMAdams Oct 28 '16 at 19:23
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    $\begingroup$ Amusingly but probably irrelevantly, all of the following are words or have words that sound like them: bee-per, bee-ding, bee-ping, bee-lever. (You need to speak British rather than American English for that last one, I think.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 28 '16 at 23:12
  • $\begingroup$ Hehe I think the OP is trying to trick us thinking that it's one rule, but it leads to a dead end. $\endgroup$ – Bradman175 Oct 29 '16 at 2:19
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    $\begingroup$ Nonviable and healthy confuses me. $\endgroup$ – Bradman175 Oct 29 '16 at 2:22
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    $\begingroup$ @MMAdams PONG is not a Spelling Bee Word™. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Oct 29 '16 at 15:17
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A word is a Spelling Bee word if

the name of its initial letter can be added to it (internally if need be) to make a new word.

Thus:

BEEBEE (I'm not terribly sure about this one, I confess; is that really a word?)
PEEPER
DEEDING
PEEPING
TEETOTAL
LEVELLER (or LEVELER if you prefer)
STRESSING
BUMBLEBEE
MISDEEMED
SHEPHERDESS
NONENVIABLE

Here are some others:

EMPLOYEE MORPHEMIC MEMO ROSARY

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice job :) my dictionary lists beebee so yeah. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Oct 31 '16 at 23:51
  • $\begingroup$ It's annoying to have been so close so long ago. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 31 '16 at 23:57
  • $\begingroup$ Lemme guess - LEVER onward of the original list got ya? $\endgroup$ – Rubio Nov 1 '16 at 0:17
  • $\begingroup$ Well, what was in my brain then was inadequate in two different ways (fixed versus varying, start versus anywhere -- I'm being slightly cryptic to reduce the danger of giving things away to other puzzlers) so maybe I shouldn't really say "so close". But it definitely feels as if I'd have got it days ago if I'd been just slightly less stupid. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Nov 1 '16 at 0:24

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