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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 certain rule, then I call it a Golden Word™.

Use the examples below to find the rule.

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Golden }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\ \def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words }^™\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2017.02.04}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ GIANT }&\text{ TINY }\\ \hline \text{ DUCK }&\text{ GOOSE }\\ \hline \text{ CHARGE}&\text{ RUSH}\\ \hline \text{ ANGEL}&\text{ DEMON }\\ \hline \text{ DODGE}&\text{ AVOID}\\ \hline \text{ KING }&\text{ PEASANT}\\ \hline \text{ SHARK }&\text{ SQUID}\\ \hline \text{ CLIP} &\text{ CUT}\\ \hline \text{ GALAXY}&\text{ PLANET}\\ \hline \text{ LAKE}&\text{ OCEAN}\\ \hline \end{array} $$

The CSV version:

Golden Words™, Not Golden Words™
GIANT, TINY
DUCK, GOOSE
CHARGE, RUSH
ANGEL, DEMON
DODGE, AVOID
KING, PEASANT
SHARK, SQUID
CLIP, CUT
GALAXY, PLANET
LAKE, OCEAN

These are not the only examples of Golden Words™; more exist.

What is the special rule these words conform to?

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  • $\begingroup$ This is the golden rule. $\endgroup$ – n_plum Aug 1 '17 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ I was 100% expecting that to be the Lonely Island song. $\endgroup$ – John Clifford Aug 1 '17 at 14:34
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    $\begingroup$ @JohnClifford Well, the area is gray. But it's quite clear when you see the instant replay. $\endgroup$ – Apollo-XII Aug 1 '17 at 14:35
  • $\begingroup$ With a honey in the middle there's some leeway. $\endgroup$ – John Clifford Aug 1 '17 at 14:35
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A word is a Golden Word if

It is the name of a sports team from California.

Examples:

Giant: San Francisco Giants
Duck: Anaheim Ducks*
Charge: San Diego Chargers
Angel: Anaheim Angels*
Dodge: LA Dodgers
King: Sacramento Kings
Shark: San Jose Sharks
Clip: LA Clippers
Galaxy: LA Galaxy*
Lake: LA Lakers*

*The starred ones are the ones I knew off the top of my head; the rest were found by n_palum

These words are called Golden Words because

California is known as the Golden State.

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