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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™
LIONESS,LION
FATAL,RUINOUS
NOTABLE,VIP
GRAB,HOOK
BREAKFAST,MORNIN'
GARFUNKEL,SIMON
FFAO,SHIRO
SHUFFLEBOARD,POOL
MANDIBLE,MOUTH
BARBED,THORNY
MICHIGAN,MISSISSIPPI
LETHARGIC,SNOOZY
DRAW,LIMN
CRESCENT,MOON
GYM,SPORT

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?

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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
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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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