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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 Human Word™.
Use the following examples below to find the rule.

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Human }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words}^{\;\!™}\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2019.05.15}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ PARITY }&\text{ EQUALITY }\\ \hline \text{ MAXIMUM }&\text{ MINIMUM }\\ \hline \text{ INCURIOUS }&\text{ CURIOUS }\\ \hline \text{ PALACE }&\text{ CASTLE }\\ \hline \text{ MALL }&\text{ HALL }\\ \hline \text{ LUMBER }&\text{ WOOD }\\ \hline \text{ CAPITAL }&\text{ EXPENSE }\\ \hline \text{ PATENT }&\text{ PROPRIETARY }\\ \hline \text{ TRAPDOOR }&\text{ TURNSTILE }\\ \hline \text{ METADATA }&\text{ INDEX }\\ \hline \end{array}$$

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

Human Words™,Not Human Words™
PARITY,EQUALITY 
MAXIMUM,MINIMUM 
INCURIOUS,CURIOUS 
PALACE,CASTLE 
MALL,HALL 
LUMBER,WOOD 
CAPITAL,EXPENSE 
PATENT,PROPRIETARY 
TRAPDOOR,TURNSTILE 
METADATA,INDEX 

Hint 1:

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    $\begingroup$ CSV version: hALL small letter h intended? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Aug 8 at 15:05
  • $\begingroup$ Oops, typo fixed thanks~ $\endgroup$ – Conifers Aug 8 at 15:38
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A Human Word is a word where:

The first 4 letters also begin the name of one or more bones in the human body.

Like so:

PARITY = PARIetal
MAXIMUM = MAXIlla
INCURIOUS = INCUs
PALACE = PALAtine
MALL = MALLeus
LUMBER = LUMBar (vertebrae)
CAPITAL = CAPItate
PATENT = PATElla
TRAPDOOR = TRAPezium / TRAPezoid
METADATA = METAtarsal/METAcarpal

The hint was helpful, as:

'Tissue' got me thinking about other components of the human body, leading me to bones.

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    $\begingroup$ rot13(Vs gur cnggrea vf bayl gur svefg guerr yrggref, UHZna == UHZrehf.) $\endgroup$ – maltodextrin Aug 9 at 18:34

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