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

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Notable Word™.
Use the examples below to find the rule.

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Notable }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\ \def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words }^™\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2017.02.04}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ LIONESS }&\text{ LION }\\ \hline \text{ FATAL }&\text{ RUINOUS }\\ \hline \text{ NOTABLE }&\text{ VIP }\\ \hline \text{ GRAB }&\text{ HOOK }\\ \hline \text{ BREAKFAST }&\text{ MORNIN' }\\ \hline \text{ GARFUNKEL }&\text{ SIMON }\\ \hline \text{ FFAO }&\text{ SHIRO }\\ \hline \text{ SHUFFLEBOARD }&\text{ POOL }\\ \hline \text{ MANDIBLE }&\text{ MOUTH }\\ \hline \text{ BARBED }&\text{ THORNY }\\ \hline \text{ MICHIGAN }&\text{ MISSISSIPPI }\\ \hline \text{ LETHARGIC }&\text{ SNOOZY }\\ \hline \text{ DRAW }&\text{ LIMN }\\ \hline \text{ CRESCENT }&\text{ MOON }\\ \hline \text{ GYM }&\text{ SPORT }\\ \hline \end{array}$$

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

Notable Words™,Not Notable Words™

The puzzle satisfies the series' inbuilt assumption, that each word can be tested for whether it is a Notable Word™ without relying on the other words.
These are not the only examples of Notable Words™; many more exist.

What is the special rule these words conform to?


A Notable word is one in which

At least one of the letters in the word corresponds to a Musical Note, that is A-G.

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    $\begingroup$ And of course, now it's incredibly obvious. Nice. $\endgroup$ – Forklift Jun 15 '17 at 19:43

A Notable word is one which

contains an A or an E.

I'm sure Sconibulus's answer is the right one, but mine works too, given the current crop of examples :D

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    $\begingroup$ That is indeed a problem with these sorts of puzzles - it all comes down to Occam's Razor, but needs enough examples to make the answer more enticing than any other. A few additional examples like GYM / SPORT would have helped, but the title makes it pretty clear what was intended as you note :) $\endgroup$ – Sp3000 Jun 16 '17 at 3:47
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    $\begingroup$ "...technically correct: the best kind of correct" :) $\endgroup$ – johncip Jun 16 '17 at 4:20
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    $\begingroup$ I'm going to take Sp's idea and toss those in to invalidate this. Nothing against you just for completeness :) $\endgroup$ – n_plum Jun 16 '17 at 12:10

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