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(pronounced koh-eh-LEHS) This verb means to fuse, unite or grow together into a whole. Along that same vein, it can be used to mean to come together and join forces for a common cause. Example: Towards the end of three-year

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(pronounced keh-KOON-ing) The word cocoon has, of course, been around for hundreds of years, but this verb form is relatively new. Marketing consultant and trend forecaster Faith Popcorn is credited with having coined the term in the 1990s. It

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(pronounced KAH-deh-fI) This odd little transitive verb means to classify, systematize or reduce to a code. codify certain

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(pronounced KAH-fer) This flexible word has a few meanings, two of which apply to our industry. First, a coffer is a chest in which to store items, especially valuable ones. For this reason, the term coffer also refers to

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(pronounced COG-nih-zent) This is a fancier way to say that you are aware, alert and knowledgeable of something, especially because of your own personal experience. (We think any word with the letter Z in is it preferable to other

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(pronounced kahg-neh-SEN-tee) This mouthful of a word is actually the plural form of cognoscente (pronounced kahg-neh-SEN-tee OR kahn-yeh-SHEN-tee), but the former is more commonly used than the latter, and they both sound the same. This Italian term tends to

COL
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(pronounced like the letters C.O.L.: see-oh-el) See

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(pronounced kah-leh-NAYD) This term of classical architecture refers to a series of columns spaced at regular intervals that, in most instances, support the base of a roof structure and/or are at least connected by an entablature. See also:

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(pronounced KUH-lehr-way) This term is used in industries that have something to do with textiles: wallcoverings, carpets, and fabrics for anything from clothing to upholstery to window treatments. When a textile is designed, it is almost always manufactured in

COM
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(pronounced like the letters C.O.M.: see-oh-em) COM is an acronym of “customer’s own material.” (Similarly, COL stands for “customer’s own leather.”) In most cases, manufacturers offer a rather limited range of fabrics on a particular piece, be it a