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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 an Ipsum Word™.
Use the examples below to find the rule.

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Ipsum }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\ \def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words }^™\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2017.02.04}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ BLEEDING}&\text{ BLOTTING}\\ \hline \text{ PROVED }&\text{ PROVOKE}\\ \hline \text{ HARM }&\text{ HEALING}\\ \hline \text{ LOSING}&\text{ WINNING}\\ \hline \text{ TOE}&\text{ ARM}\\ \hline \text{ QUARKS }&\text{ QUINTET }\\ \hline \text{ HI}&\text{ GOODBYE}\\ \hline \text{ AMAZING}&\text{ DISGUST}\\ \hline \text{ EXIT}&\text{ FOXY}\\ \hline \text{ KENTUCKY}&\text{ CAROLINA}\\ \hline \text{ ZIG}&\text{ ZAG}\\ \hline \text{ MOUNTAIN}&\text{ PEAKS}\\ \hline \hline \end{array}$$

The CSV version:

IPSUM Words™,Not IPSUM Words™
BLEEDING,BLOTTING
PROVED,PROVOKE
HARM,HEALING
LOSING,WINNING
TOE,ARM
QUARKS,QUINTET
HI,GOODBYE
AMAZING,DISGUST
EXIT,FOXY
KENTUCKY,CAROLINA
ZIG,ZAG
MOUNTAIN,PEAKS

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

What is the special rule these words conform to?

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    $\begingroup$ Wow, 15 hours in, and not even a comment. Stackers must be truly stumped! $\endgroup$ – Strawberry Jan 31 at 9:51
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    $\begingroup$ I'm lost on what to do... Ipsum is related with Lorem Ipsum, a common filler text $\endgroup$ – North Jan 31 at 20:06
  • $\begingroup$ @North very true... and what is that text? $\endgroup$ – Sensoray Feb 1 at 2:01
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    $\begingroup$ @sensoray Um it's Latin, and its a filler text? $\endgroup$ – North Feb 1 at 4:49
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    $\begingroup$ @Riddler it probably doesn't have to do with the meaning of the words, then. $\endgroup$ – Zimonze Feb 1 at 23:20
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The rule is:

In numerology, latin letters are assigned a certain value and when placed in a word, they are summed, and then summed again until only left with one #. Ipsum words have an even sum. Here is the chart: enter image description here

They are named Ipsum Words because:

Numerology is the devine/mystic belief that there is a relationship between numbers and events. Numerology is usually associated with the paranormal and divination, which most people consider "nonsense". Since it assigns Latin letters a value, I wanted the title for these words to be "Latin nonsense", which Loren Ipsum is.

Here are the Ipsum Words:

Bleeding: 2+3+5+5+4+9+5+7 = 40 = 4+0 = 4
Harm: 8+1+9+4 = 22 = 2+2 = 4
Losing: 3+6+1+9+5+7 = 31 = 4
Toe: 2+6+5 = 13 = 1+3 = 4
Quarks: 8+3+1+9+2 = 24 = 2+4 = 6
Hi: 1+7 = 8
Amazing: 1+4+1+8+9+5+7 = 35 = 3+5 = 8
Exit: 5+6+9+2 = 22 = 2+2 = 4
Kentucky: 2+5+5+2+3+3+2+7 = 29 = 2+9 = 11 = 1+1 = 2
Zig: 8+9+7 = 24 = 2+4 = 6

Here are Non-Ipsum Words:

Blotting: 2+3+6+2+2+9+5+7 = 36 = 3+6 = 9
Heals: 8+5+1+3+1 = 18 = 1+8 = 9
Winning: 5+9+5+5+9+5+7 = 45 = 4+5 = 9
Arm: 1+9+4 = 14 = 1+4 = 5
Quintet: 8+3+9+5+2+5+2 = 34 = 3+4 = 7
Goodbye: 7+6+6+4+2+7+5 = 37 = 3+7 = 10 = 1+0 = 1
Disgust: 4+9+1+7+3+1+2 = 27 = 2+7 = 9
Foxy: 6+6+6+7 = 25 = 2+5 = 7
Carolina: 3+1+9+6+3+9+5+1 = 37 = 3+7 = 10 = 1+0 = 1
Zag: 8+1+7 = 16 = 1+6 = 7

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