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 Personal Word™.

Use the examples below to find the rule.

$$\smash{\lower{28px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2017.01.30} \Rule{18px}{20px}{0px}\begin{array}{|c|c|} \textbf{Personal Words }&\textbf{Not Personal Words }\\\end{array}}}}\\ \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\phantom{\Rule{0px}{20px}{0px}} \textbf{Personal Words }^™&\textbf{Not Personal Words }^™\\\hline \text{PUBLIC}&\text{PERSONAL}\\ \hline \text{GOVERNMENT}&\text{BUREAUCRACY}\\ \hline \text{LAYOUT}&\text{CHART}\\ \hline \text{SHEPHERD}&\text{MARSHALL}\\ \hline \text{ANSWER}&\text{FEEDBACK}\\ \hline \text{MOUSETRAP}&\text{UNDERNEATH}\\ \hline \text{CRIBBAGE}&\text{BLACKJACK}\\ \hline \text{FUNDAMENTAL}&\text{NUCLEAR}\\ \hline \text{THEREFORE}&\text{ERGO}\\ \hline \text{SHELL}&\text{COVER}\\ \hline \text{MUST}&\text{SHOULD}\\ \hline \text{AWESOME}&\text{WONDERFUL}\\ \hline \text{STILL}&\text{ANYMORE}\\ \hline \end{array}$$

CSV version:

Personal Words™,Not Personal Words™

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

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

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    $\begingroup$ What an irony PERSONAL is not a Personal word™ :) $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Feb 1 '17 at 15:39
  • $\begingroup$ (you're using a modified version of an older template for these puzzles I put together a while ago. You may want to see e.g. this post for the latest template, which cleans up the yellow background) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Feb 1 '17 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Rubio: Ah, thanks for that! I've used this older template a few times now. I'll change it for this one. $\endgroup$ – Levieux Feb 1 '17 at 20:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Rubio: The yellow part seems to be going over the edges a little bit. Also, the way it looks in the preview is not the same as the way it looks after I've saved the page. Anything I can do about that? $\endgroup$ – Levieux Feb 1 '17 at 20:08
  • $\begingroup$ I see what I did wrong, I left the "fortunate word" part in, which didn't show up in the text, but apparently it helped determine the outline of the formatting. It still seems to be going a little bit across the edges at the bottom, though.. $\endgroup$ – Levieux Feb 1 '17 at 20:28

I think that Personal Words

Contain personal pronouns in them


PUBLIC $\rightarrow$ I,
GOVERNMENT $\rightarrow$ ME,
LAYOUT $\rightarrow$ YOU,
SHEPHERD $\rightarrow$ HER,
ANSWER $\rightarrow$ WE,
MOUSETRAP $\rightarrow$ US,
CRIBBAGE $\rightarrow$ I,
FUNDAMENTAL $\rightarrow$ ME,
THEREFORE $\rightarrow$ HER,
SHELL $\rightarrow$ HE,
MUST $\rightarrow$ US,
AWESOME $\rightarrow$ WE,
STILL $\rightarrow$ I

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    $\begingroup$ Quick and on the mark! +1 $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Feb 1 '17 at 15:45
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    $\begingroup$ Damn, this is the first one I've managed to solve myself, but I was three hours late :P $\endgroup$ – Wojowu Feb 1 '17 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ Ooh that was fast! I guess the name of the words might have given it away a little bit :P $\endgroup$ – Levieux Feb 1 '17 at 20:01

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