# What is an Even Word™?

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 Even Word™.
Use the examples below to find the rule.

Even Words™ Not Even Words™
ABATING GROWING
PORK BACON
EGGED PAPERED
BLESSED DEFILED
INQUISITION UNEXPECTED
ZEBRA HORSE
CAT FOX
SOOTHED INFLAMMATION
PERPLEXES ENLIGHTENS
ENCRYPTED ENCIPHERED
QUICKLY SLUGGISHLY
DISCUSSION ARGUMENT
PUPPY KITTY
CUTEST UGLIEST
EXCELLENT INSUFFICIENT

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

Even Words™,Not Even Words™
ABATING,GROWING
PORK,BACON
EGGED,PAPERED
BLESSED,DEFILED
INQUISITION,UNEXPECTED
ZEBRA,HORSE
CAT,FOX
SOOTHED,INFLAMMATION
PERPLEXES,ENLIGHTENS
ENCRYPTED,ENCIPHERED
QUICKLY,SLUGGISHLY
DISCUSSION,ARGUMENT
PUPPY,KITTY
CUTEST,UGLIEST
EXCELLENT,INSUFFICIENT


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

What is the special rule these words conform to?

Oh, and Not Even Words™ are actually words. They are not to be confused with words that are "not even words".

Seeing as this is my first puzzle here, feel free to offer feedback! I worked hard to make it look and work as nice as possible, and I have some hints prepared if they become necessary.

Happy Puzzling!

EDIT: Seeing as the puzzle has been solved, if anyone would like to see the information related to the solution, it can be found here