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 Baguette Word™.
Use the examples below to find the rule.

$ \begin{gather*} % 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\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\textbf{Baguette Words}^{\;\!™}\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not Baguette Words}^{\;\!™}\Pad\ } \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[lightblue]{\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{ vase}&\text{ bowl}\\ \hline \text{ abandon}&\text{ leave}\\ \hline \text{ announce}&\text{ declare}\\ \hline \text{ Canada}&\text{ Singapore}\\ \hline \text{ air}&\text{ wind}\\ \hline \text{ exchange}&\text{ stack}\\ \hline \text{ algorithm}&\text{ mathematics}\\ \hline \text{ legend}&\text{ myth}\\ \hline \text{ fork}&\text{ knife}\\ \hline \text{ address}&\text{ location}\\ \hline \text{ adorable}&\text{ cute}\\ \hline \hline \end{array} \end{gather*}$

These are not the only examples of Baguette Words™.

CSV version:

Baguette Words™,  Not Baguette Words™
vase,           bowl
abandon,        leave
announce,       declare
Canada,         Singapore
air,            wind
exchange,       stack
algorithm,      mathematics
legend,         myth
fork,           knife
address,        location
adorable,       cute

What is the special rule these words conform to?

Hint 1:



1 Answer 1


My guess is:

A Baguette Word™ is a word that has a French origin.


(All the etymologies stated below are from googling "(word) etymology" unless stated otherwise)

For the Baguette Words™:
vase: late Middle English: from French, from Latin vas ‘vessel’.
abandon: late Middle English: from Old French abandoner, ...
announce: late 15th century: from French annoncer, from Latin annuntiare, ...
Canada: from Wiktionary: "From French Canada, from the Laurentian kanata (“village, settlement”)."
air: Middle English (in air (sense 1 of the noun)): from Old French air, from Latin aer,...
exchange: late Middle English: from Old French eschange (noun), eschangier (verb), based on changer (see change)...
algorithm: late 17th century (...): variant (...) of Middle English algorism, via Old French from medieval Latin algorismus .
legend: Middle English (in the sense ‘story of a saint's life’): from Old French legende, from medieval Latin legenda ‘things to be read’, from Latin legere ‘read’.
fork: Old English forca, force (denoting a farm implement), based on Latin furca ‘pitchfork, forked stick’; reinforced in Middle English by Anglo-Norman French furke (also from Latin furca ).
address: Middle English (as a verb ...): from Old French, based on Latin ad- ‘towards’ + directus (see direct). ...
adorable: early 17th century (in the sense ‘worthy of divine worship’): from French, from Latin adorabilis, from the verb adorare (see adore).

For the Not Baguette Words™:
bowl: Old English bolle, bolla, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bol ‘round object’, also to boll.
leave: Old English lǣfan ‘bequeath’, also ‘allow to remain, leave in place’ of Germanic origin; related to German bleiben ‘remain’.
declare: Middle English: from Latin declarare, from de- ‘thoroughly’ + clarare ‘make clear’ (from clarus ‘clear’).
Singapore: from Wiktionary: "From Malay Singapura, from Sanskrit सिंहपुर (siṃhá-pura), from सिंह (siṃha, “lion”) +‎ पुर (pura, “city”). "
wind: Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wind and German Wind, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin ventus .
stack: Middle English: from Old Norse stakkr ‘haystack’, of Germanic origin.
mathematics: While both google and Wiktionary state the word hes a French origin, etymonline.com gives: "from Old French mathematique and directly from Latin mathematica (plural), ...", so perhaps the problem designer thinks the word is directly from Latin?
myth: mid 19th century: from modern Latin mythus, via late Latin from Greek muthos .
knife: late Old English cnīf, from Old Norse knífr, of Germanic origin.
location: late 16th century: from Latin locatio(n- ), from the verb locare (see locate).
cute: early 18th century (in the sense ‘clever, shrewd’): shortening of acute.
With no "French" in sight (except for "mathematics": see above).

It is called Baguette Word™ because:

"Baguette" is usually taken as pertaining to French culture.

As for the hint:

a6d is a French youtuber.

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Great job! Good thinking $\endgroup$
    – user65687
    Commented Apr 11, 2020 at 8:01

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