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(pronounced AW-ger) Whether used as a noun or a verb (as in the example sentence below), this term refers to foretelling future events or conditions. In ancient times, augurs’ predictions were often spurred by omens, but in more

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(pronounced aw-GUST) This one’s not capitalized, so don’t confuse it with what resides between July and September. When you see this word with a little “a” it’s an adjective meaning inspiring awe and having a presence of grandeur, noble

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(pronounced BAYN) As little as this noun is, it packs a big punch. Although it also means poison, woe, destruction or death, its most common usage is as a curse or source of ruin and injury. EXAMPLE: The bane of

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(pronounced beh-RAHJ) Whether used as a noun or a verb, this word refers to a fast, forceful projection of many tangible things (like bullets) or outpouring of intangible things (like words) at once. Example: Being brand new to the job

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(pronounced BAS-chen) We could actually also sneak this word into the DESIGN SPEAK section because of its original Medieval use describing the projecting architectural portion of a battle fortification. In modern times, however, this word tends to be used

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(pronounced boh MOHND) As you might have guessed, this is a French phrase. Beau means good, and monde means world or society, so put them together and what have you got? The world of fashionable society. Example: Much to the

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(pronounced bih-HOOV) People who use this word sound so cultivated. Plus, it’s fun to say because you get to pucker up your lips like you’re just about to give someone a kiss. But what does it mean, you ask.

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(pronounced bih-LIE) The easiest way to remember this word is to focus on the emphasized syllable: lie (as in falsehood, misrepresentation, fabrication, etc.). Why? This succinct little transitive verb means to present a false impression of, to contradict,

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(pronounced BEHNCH-mark) A benchmark is an actual spot on a stable item used to indicate elevation, but the word is more commonly used outside of the world of topography and surveying — i.e., a point of reference from which

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(pronounced bih-RAYT or bee-RAYT) To give someone or a group of people an old fashioned scolding. In other words, to condemn in a very noticeable and angry manner – sometimes for an unusually long time. It’s never fun to