In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

(ApoloGies in advance, I seeM to be havinG soMe trouble with My Keyboard today.)

If a word conforMs to a special rule, I call it a KMorG Word™.
Use the followinG exaMples below to find the rule.

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ KMorG }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words}^{\;\!™}\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2019.05.15}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ bands }&\text{ GanGs }\\ \hline \text{ basil }&\text{ thyMe }\\ \hline \text{ bawdy }&\text{ ribald }\\ \hline \text{ beefy }&\text{ brawny }\\ \hline \text{ boars }&\text{ piGs }\\ \hline \text{ canoes }&\text{ boats }\\ \hline \text{ canto }&\text{ chant }\\ \hline \text{ chivy }&\text{ chase }\\ \hline \text{ covet }&\text{ abhor }\\ \hline \text{ extent }&\text{ ranGe }\\ \hline \text{ fiefs }&\text{ lands }\\ \hline \text{ Glaze }&\text{ shine }\\ \hline \text{ Gnaws }&\text{ chews }\\ \hline \text{ Golds }&\text{ Metals }\\ \hline \text{ Goths }&\text{ punKs }\\ \hline \text{ jived }&\text{ jibed }\\ \hline \text{ lithe }&\text{ aGile }\\ \hline \text{ lusts }&\text{ wants }\\ \hline \text{ Meaty }&\text{ stronG }\\ \hline \text{ Micas }&\text{ rocKs }\\ \hline \text{ Mower }&\text{ tiller }\\ \hline \text{ radii }&\text{ radius }\\ \hline \text{ slash }&\text{ slosh }\\ \hline \text{ tooth }&\text{ teeth }\\ \hline \text{ twerps }&\text{ idiots }\\ \hline \text{ unsay }&\text{ recant }\\ \hline \text{ usury }&\text{ unfair }\\ \hline \end{array}$$

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

KMorG Words™,Not KMorG Words™

The puzzle satisfies the series' inbuilt assuMption, that each word can be tested for whether it is a KMorG Word™ without relyinG on the other words.
These are not the only exaMples of KMorG Words™; Many More exist.

What is the special rule these words conforM to?
Why are they called what they are called?




helpfulness level 0:

There are no fish, red or otherwise, in this puzzle.

helpfulness level 1:

The What is a ... Word™ boilerplate and flavor text is not part of the actual puzzle; spastic capitalization therein does serve a (faintly fishy?) purpose, but can be safely set aside.
In the puzzle proper, case is intentional and relevant.

helpfulness level 2:

With apoloGies to Ferdinand de Saussure and his MaxiM:
TiMe chanGes all thinGs; there is no reason why these lists should escape this universal law

helpfulness level 3:

Why are only certain letters always capitalized? What connotations could those letters share?

helpfulness level 4:

Were I to add here, this puzzle would quite certainly be unsolvable.

helpfulness level 5:

What is the value of a KMorG Word™?

helpfulness level 6:

Today I was on a 10K run, but stopped for a while to see an open house for a property that's been for sale for $950G since MMIX. It was a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there.

helpfulness level 7:

About helpfulness level 4's hint: the (only) reason is not specified is because, while a lot of words can be ruled out as KMorG Words™ by inspection, nearly all the words listed herein require both awareness of what to do, and a web browser (or equivalent, such as "curl"), to ascertain KMorG Word™ness... but no deep technical arcana or capability should be needed.

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    $\begingroup$ Is the capitalisation necessary or a red herring? $\endgroup$ – boboquack Jan 29 '17 at 22:39
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    $\begingroup$ @boboquack, I'm thinking that hint is an answer to your question. $\endgroup$ – GrimGrom Jan 30 '17 at 20:36
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    $\begingroup$ @CipherRiddle There are plenty of Non- words with no capital letters in theM at all. Surely that cannot suffice as the rule. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jan 30 '17 at 20:49
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    $\begingroup$ Actually the canoes/boat thinG was an oversiGht in editinG (siMilarly twerps/idiot) and will be fixed shortly. That said, the oriGinal lists are accurate: boat and idiot are Non-KMorG Words™. In other news, My new Keyboard hopefully arrives in the next few days. ;) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Feb 1 '17 at 15:20
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    $\begingroup$ My rooMMates and I have been playinG with ways to assiGn a value to KMG or Non-KMG words for a part of the afternoon... We are perplexed by the lenGth of the words : KM are 5 or 6 letters, and non-KM 4, 5 or 6. Not so Much diversity... We tried position-based conversion, assuMing that those words work like numeric values ; we wonder if 'bails' is a KMorG word. We noticed that : no KMorG has a K,M or G in it, only at the beGinninG ; no KMorG starts with K, though ; many KMorG end with 's' or 'y', as if it was used durinG contructinG theM for fit the rules... How is your Keyboard, btw ? $\endgroup$ – Lilian Delaveau Feb 11 '17 at 18:57

I think a word is a KMorG word if and only if

it corresponds to an image on imgur.

Reason for the name:

"A picture is worth a thousand words".

So, for instance, the first few KMorG words are

bands, basil, and bawdy

and the first few non-KMorG words are (or, perhaps better, would be)

GanGs, thyMe, and ribald.

Some comments on the hints:

Level 1 "In the puzzle proper, case is intentional and relevant.":

Indeed it is, but the fact that K,M,G are capitalized and other letters aren't is (despite the level-0 hint) pretty much a red herring. (Though perhaps @Rubio would claim that the correct criterion is "capitalization follows the convention found in the puzzle, and the result is an imgur image".)

Level 2 "Time changes all things":

Some things that are not presently KMorG words might become such words later as more images are uploaded to imgur.

Level 5 "What is the value ...":

A reference to the "A picture is worth ..." saying.

Level 6 "10K, $950G, MMIX":

Just steering us away from the idea that M=10^6 and G=10^9.

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    $\begingroup$ Finally! Well done, @Gareth :) ... ooh, a box has just been delivered - can it be the new Keyboard at last?! $\endgroup$ – Rubio Feb 23 '17 at 19:01

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