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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 Trending Word™.
Use the following examples below to find the rule.

$$\begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline \bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Trending Words }^™}& \bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Not Trending Words }^™}\\ \hline \text{ JUDO }&\text{ KEY }\\ \hline \text{ WHO }&\text{ IRK }\\ \hline \text{ BURN }&\text{ EAT }\\ \hline \text{ MUD }&\text{ TALK }\\ \hline \text{ UNITE }&\text{ TIDY }\\ \hline \text{ PURE }&\text{ TOO }\\ \hline \text{ GLOAT }&\text{ HAPPY }\\ \hline \text{ MUCH }&\text{ LEND }\\ \hline \text{ HI }&\text{ LIKE }\\ \hline \text{ QUOTE }&\text{ SAY }\\ \hline \text{ DIE }&\text{ SHRUG }\\ \hline \text{ BAE }&\text{ SHAME }\\ \hline \text{ FUCHSIA }&\text{ SNOW }\\ \hline \text{ NOTE }&\text{ GRAPE }\\ \hline \text{ QUIT }&\text{ VAN }\\ \hline \text{ WOE }&\text{ PERF }\\ \hline \text{ WHOA }&\text{ FLAME }\\ \hline \text{ VAT }&\text{ TRUMP }\\ \hline \end{array}$$

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

Trending Words™,Not Trending Words™
JUDO,KEY
WHO,IRK
BURN,EAT
MUD,TALK
UNITE,TIDY
PURE,TOO
GLOAT,HAPPY
MUCH,LEND
HI,LIKE
QUOTE,SAY
DIE,SHRUG
BAE,SHAME
FUCHSIA,SNOW
NOTE,GRAPE
QUIT,VAN
WOE,PERF
WHOA,FLAME
VAT,TRUMP
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  • $\begingroup$ This is my first puzzle so let me know if I left anything out! $\endgroup$ – Jezzamon Nov 16 '16 at 10:39
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A word is a Trending Word™ if

The letters of the word are in increasing order of frequency, using the list of letters at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_frequency.

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  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps the @Jezzamon could decide whether "soot" is a Trending Word™. $\endgroup$ – Miff Nov 17 '16 at 10:20
  • $\begingroup$ You got it! I chose to limit examples to words that were 'strictly' trending, so that wouldn't include soot. $\endgroup$ – Jezzamon Nov 17 '16 at 10:22

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