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(pronounced DAY-dough) No, not Play-Doh, but a very weird and confusing word nevertheless. It can mean a few things. That’s why it’s so confusing…

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(pronounced exactly as it is spelled) To remember what this word means, all you must do is think of Example: Virginia could only think of one reason that her boss had hired such a daft office manager to handle

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(pronounced DAM-mahsk) Heard of Damascus? The capital of Syria and one of the world's oldest cities? This port city began exporting beautifully ornamental silk textiles to Europe waaaay back in the in the 1100's; hence, the origin of the

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(pronounced dahrk hors) In the 1800s this term came about to describe a horse that unexpectedly emerges out of a pack of better known contenders to win – or at least place – in a race. In modern times,

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(pronounced DAY-lyte MAH-dehl-ing) Daylighting is the accepted term to refer to the art and science of controlling natural light within spaces as to minimize energy use and maximize occupant performance and well-being. As you might imagine, trying to site

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(pronounced dah-ree-GUR) A French term meaning proper or recommended by custom or fashion. Example: We assured our client that a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired stained glass window would be de rigueur in his Arts & Crafts-style

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(pronounced DEHD-bohlt) A bolt is the portion of a lock located in the doorjamb that is inserted into a door in order to secure it. A dead bolt (or dead lock) is the term for a type of locking

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(pronounced dih-BAS) You know that a basement sits underneath a house. Use that image to remember the definition of this verb, which means to lower in character, status, esteem, or quality. Another way to remember it: when you lower

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(pronounced dih-BAWND) See

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(pronounced dih-SIHD-ju-wuhs) This word (which, if you lisp, will make you spit) commonly refers to plant life because it means falling off – i.e., deciduous leaves. You can even use this adjective to refer to the entire tree if