# What is a Waiting Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a special rule I call it a Waiting Word™. Use the examples below to find the rule.

$$\begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline \bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Waiting Words™}} & \bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Not Waiting Words™}}\\\hline \text{AN} & \text{A}\\\hline \text{FEEL} & \text{TOUCH}\\\hline \text{FOOTSTOOL} & \text{STOOL}\\\hline \text{GNAW} & \text{CHEW}\\\hline \text{MOM} & \text{DAD}\\\hline \text{OUTDO} & \text{OUTLAST}\\\hline \text{POP} & \text{SNAP}\\\hline \text{ROTOR} & \text{WHEEL}\\\hline \text{SEXES} & \text{GENDERS}\\\hline \text{SIS} & \text{BRO}\\\hline \text{TAINT} & \text{DEFILE}\\\hline \end{array}$$

CSV version:

Waiting Words™,Not Waiting Words™
AN,A
FEEL,TOUCH
FOOTSTOOL,STOOL
GNAW,CHEW
OUTDO,OUTLAST
POP,SNAP
ROTOR,WHEEL
SEXES,GENDERS
SIS,BRO
TAINT,DEFILE


A Waiting Word™ is...

a palindrome (including spaces) in Morse code.

    AN       :  .- -.
FEEL     :  ..-. . . .-..
FOOTSTOOL:  ..-. --- --- - ... - --- --- .-..
GNAW     :  --. -. .- .--
MOM      :  -- --- --
POP      :  .--. --- .--.
ROTOR    :  .-. --- - --- .-.
SEXES    :  ... . -..- . ...
SIS      :  ... .. ...
TAINT    :  - .- .. -. - 

• That was quick! – dan04 Jul 27 at 1:34
• Why's it called a Waiting Word? – JMP Jul 27 at 10:11
• @JonMarkPerry As far as I can tell, WAITING is just another example of a word which fits this palindromic pattern. No idea if 'wait' is anything to do with the pauses in the code transmission?? – Stiv Jul 27 at 18:02