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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

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(pronounced DEHK-reh-tihv A-grih-geht) See

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(pronounced dih-FENT-sihv AR-keh-tek-chur) It’s sad that we have this term because it means that we still have something to defend ourselves against. The concept, however, is as old as time: think

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(pronounced exactly as it is spelled) It’s amazing what one vowel can do. Quite the opposite of being “daft,” if one is deft, then he has great skill, artistry and dexterity, either with his hands or in his handling

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(pronounced dih-LAM-ih-nayt) OK, let’s first think of this word in terms of what we know. If you are reading this entry, you probably already have an inkling what plastic laminate is. (Think Formica – the “Kleenex” of the plastic

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(pronounced DEHM-ee-loon TAY-buhl) From the French word for “half-moon”, you will also see this term written as “demi lune” and “demi-lune”. This style of console table is typical in that the flat side rests against the wall. In larger