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.

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Taggy }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words}^{\;\!™}\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[palegreen]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2019.05.15}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ ANIMAL }&\text{ CREATURE }\\ \hline \text{ POET }&\text{ SINGER }\\ \hline \text{ CROSS }&\text{ LASER }\\ \hline \text{ LIAR }&\text{ HONEST }\\ \hline \text{ NUMB }&\text{ SHRILL }\\ \hline \text{ KNOW }&\text{ REALIZE }\\ \hline \text{ LOG }&\text{ TREE }\\ \hline \text{ FORM }&\text{ LOOK }\\ \hline \text{ MATH }&\text{ DIVIDE }\\ \hline \text{ ALTER }&\text{ CHANGING }\\ \hline \text{ MYSTERY* }&\text{ STRANGE }\\ \hline \end{array}$$                                         * This is a Very Taggy Word™

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

Taggy Words™,Not Taggy Words™

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!


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.


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

  • $\begingroup$ How would you justify animal? $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch 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. $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch 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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