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(pronounced JAY-bahks) See junction

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(pronounced JAY CHA-nehl)

See

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(pronounced zhah-BOH)

In the world of fashion, this oh-so-French word refers to a ruffle of lace or fabric attached down the center front of a blouse or garment. (Think 18th Century men about town.) In

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(pronounced jam)

Not be mistaken with what most Westerners enjoy spreading on their breakfast toast, this jamb (note the silent “b” on the end) has a variety of meanings in the design world:

1.

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(pronounced JEH-teh-sehn)

Though this word originally meant to lighten a craft’s (air or sea) load by sacrificing cargo during a period of distress, you can also use it simply to mean

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(pronounced zhvwah-deh-VEEV-reh)

A French phrase that literally translates into “joy of living.” English speakers use it to describe one’s enthusiasm and ebullience in their experience of life.

Example: The aspiring designer relished her new

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(pronounced JOYN-er-ee)

When you “join” something, you bring two or more things together and form them into a cohesive single unit. In the design biz, to “join” something usually refers to putting pieces of wood

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(pronounced joynt kahm-POWND)

Also known as drywall compound, as well as the more slangish “mud,” joint compound is a water-soluble, gypsum binder material designed as a filler for drywall that seals joints between panels

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(pronounced joyst)

Composed of either steel, wood or concrete, a joist is a horizontal supporting member that, along with other joists, runs from beam-to-beam, wall-to-wall, or beam-to-wall in order to support a floor, ceiling, or

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(pronounced JUHNK-shuhn bahks)

An electrical term that any A&D professional should know. Though it doesn’t have to be rectangular, it’s a container that is used for electrical connections. Whether in the wall, under a