What is a Unionized Word™?

4 days ago

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Unionized Word™.

Use the examples below to find the rule.

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\def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Unionized }}

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\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

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\begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}}

\begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline

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\text{ Akin }&\text{ Alike }\\ \hline

\text{ Aria }&\text{ Solo }\\ \hline

\text{ Cook }&\text{ Bake }\\ \hline

\text{

  • A Unionized Word™ is a word ...

    ... that is made up wholly of abbreviations of US states. Unionized refers to the Union, i.e. the United States as in the State of the Union address.

    My first thought was ...

    ... that the first letter pair was an abbreviation of a state, but that gave me false positives for the Non-Unionized Words™ Alike, Most Ordinary and Ornate. Florid and Marineland are good hints, becuse they are close enough to Florida and Maryland.

    4 days ago