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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 Taggy Word™.
Use the following examples to find the rule.

Taggy Words™ Not Taggy Words™
ANIMAL CREATURE
POET SINGER
CROSS LASER
LIAR HONEST
NUMB SHRILL
KNOW REALIZE
LOG TREE
FORM LOOK
MATH DIVIDE
ALTER CHANGING
MYSTERY* STRANGE

                                        * This is a Very Taggy Word™

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

Taggy Words™,Not Taggy Words™
ANIMAL,CREATURE
POET,SINGER
CROSS,LASER
LIAR,HONEST
NUMB,SHRILL
KNOW,REALIZE
LOG,TREE
FORM,LOOK
MATH,DIVIDE
ALTER,CHANGING
MYSTERY*,STRANGE

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

What is the special rule these words conform to?
Why are they called Taggy Words™ and Very Taggy Words™?

Good luck!

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I think a Taggy Word satisfies the property that

It appears as a substring in one of the question tags on Puzzling Stack Exchange.

And a Very Taggy Word

is a question tag on Puzzling Stack Exchange.

Examples

animal appears in
poet appears in
cross appears in
liar appears in
numb appears in
know appears in
log appears in
is a tag itself

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  • $\begingroup$ How would you justify animal? $\endgroup$ Sep 6 '19 at 10:57
  • $\begingroup$ Good job, and solved it quick! Will accept it when I can :) $\endgroup$
    – user47134
    Sep 6 '19 at 10:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Quark-epoch There is a tag named animals $\endgroup$
    – user47134
    Sep 6 '19 at 10:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Supersonic Is there? I didn't know. $\endgroup$ Sep 6 '19 at 10:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Quark-epoch I've never seen it before either, I went to puzzling.stackexchange.com/tags to search the tags :) $\endgroup$
    – user47134
    Sep 6 '19 at 11:00

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