This puzzle is based on the What is a Word™ series started by JLee.

If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it a Sulphurous Word™. Use the following examples to find the rule:

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Sulphurous }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\ \def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words }^™\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2017.02.04}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{POGONIP}&\text{FROST}\\ \hline \text{OHIO}&\text{MASSACHUSETTS}\\ \hline \text{TATTOO}&\text{PIERCING}\\ \hline \text{SLOGAN}&\text{MOTTO}\\ \hline \text{MUSTANG}&\text{TARPAN}\\ \hline \text{SAFARI}&\text{VOYAGE}\\ \hline \text{VAMPIRE}&\text{GHOUL}\\ \hline \text{SOMA}&\text{ICHOR}\\ \hline \text{GLAMOUR}&\text{FASHION}\\ \hline \text{BERIBERI}&\text{KWASHIORKOR}\\ \hline \end{array}$$

CSV version:


These aren't the only Sulphurous Words™, there are others that exist (although there are way more Fluorinated Words™ in English). Some words are Sulphurous™ and Not Sulphurous™ at the same time. Some words may or may not be considered Sulphurous™ depending on which something you consider the foremost. Many words are of uncertain Sulphurousness™.


Sulphurous words are:

Words with an etymology/origin from a language that starts with S (sulfur’s chemical symbol)


pogonip - Shoshone
Ohio - Seneca
tattoo - Samoan
slogan - Scottish
mustang - Spanish
safari - Swahili
vampire - Serbian
soma - Sanskrit
glamour - Scottish
beriberi - Sinhalese

Many more Fluorine words exist because:

F is the chemical symbol, and some sources estimate that as many as 45% of English words have a French origin

And of course:

Etymology for some words is unknown, or can have multiple origins from different languages, some that start with S and others that do not

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Sniped XD GJ ferret :P $\endgroup$ – NL628 Mar 13 '18 at 23:35
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ so was i ;-; gg m8 $\endgroup$ – ALinuxLover Mar 13 '18 at 23:38

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