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Here are some examples of words I call Mattering Words™, and those that I do not call Mattering Words™. The Mattering Words™ I give are not the only examples of Mattering Words™; there are many more.

Mattering Words™ Not Mattering Words™
WARM COOL
IMITATION COPY
LATITUDE LONGITUDE
WIPES TOWELS
OMIT KEEP
TOWS DRAGS
LIGHT DARK
HEARS SEES
EIGHT SEVEN

CSV version for hardcore analysis:

Mattering Words™,Not Mattering Words™
WARM,COOL
IMITATION,COPY
LATITUDE,LONGITUDE
WIPES,TOWELS
OMIT,KEEP
TOWS,DRAGS
LIGHT,DARK
HEARS,SEES
EIGHT,SEVEN

All this being said, it's now up to you to figure it out. What is a Mattering Word™?

HINT:

Don't overthink it.

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  • $\begingroup$ sees may be an issue, too because rot13(hfrrf) is a word according to webster, but I edited my answer to account for that :) $\endgroup$
    – SteveV
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 22:24
  • $\begingroup$ @SteveV: rot13(hfrrf) was quite difficult to see, and I missed it. Your original was the intended answer, but I'll have to acknowledge that your finding of a loophole to combat it goes beyond the prompt. $\endgroup$
    – Cloudy7
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 22:29
  • $\begingroup$ Hooray, one for the Scrabble players! (the technical term is hook) $\endgroup$
    – happystar
    Commented Apr 17, 2021 at 0:07

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I think a mattering word is

one which becomes another word when a single letter (a consonant) is added to the front (mattering is one... smattering)

As follows:

cold --> scold
warm --> swarm
imitation --> limitation
latitude --> platitude
wipes --> swipes
omits --> vomits
tows --> stows
light --> flight
hears --> shears
eight --> weight

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  • $\begingroup$ "Heat" would be in the wrong section in this case, no? $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 21:48
  • $\begingroup$ @jafe yes. burst my bubble! $\endgroup$
    – SteveV
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ @jafe: Mistake on my part! I was quite dumb. (heat --> cheat) $\endgroup$
    – Cloudy7
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 22:15

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