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This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee.

I copied the array code - hope you guys don't mind. =)


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

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Zirconium }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words}^{\;\!™}\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2019.05.15}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ SATURN }&\text{ MERCURY }\\ \hline \text{ NAYSAYER }&\text{ HORSE }\\ \hline \text{ TOE }&\text{ FOOT }\\ \hline \text{ ASTEROID }&\text{ METEORITE }\\ \hline \text{ INQUIRE }&\text{ QUESTION }\\ \hline \text{ SEPTILLION }&\text{ THREE }\\ \hline \text{ LEVER }&\text{ BEAVER }\\ \hline \text{ UPCAST }&\text{ DOWNCAST }\\ \hline \text{ GLUE }&\text{ TAPE }\\ \hline \text{ SILLY }&\text{ HAHAHAHAHA }\\ \hline \end{array}$$

The CSV version (I wonder what that means), if you want to look at it.

Zirconium Words™,Not Zirconium Words™
SATURN,MERCURY
NAYSAYER,HORSE
TOE,FOOT
ASTEROID,METEORITE
INQUIRE,QUESTION
SEPTILLION,THREE
LEVER,BEAVER
UPCAST,DOWNCAST
GLUE,TAPE
SILLY,HAHAHAHAHA
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  • $\begingroup$ For the record, here's what CSV means. $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Aug 5 at 20:45
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    $\begingroup$ Also for the record, the What is a ... Word™️ template specifically exists so people don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time. You’re free to use it with my blessing :) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Aug 5 at 20:49
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I think that a Zirconium Word is such that

If we add the alphabetic score (A=1, B=2, ..., Z=26) of the first three letters of the word, the answer is 40 (i.e, the atomic number of Zirconium).

One exception

There seems to be one exception to this pattern which is the word LEVER which has a score of 39 but I'm inclined to think this is an error as the pattern fits so well on all the other words and the value is so close.

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