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(pronounced pih-DAN-tik)

This descriptor is a derivative of the word pedant, a designation which has a few meanings: 1) one who ostentatiously shows off his education or intelligence; 2) one who teaches in a very

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(pronounced PE-deh-mehnt)

See broken pediment.

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(pronounced PEL-met)

Remember this word by what it rhymes with: helmet. A helmet is to one’s bed head as a pelmet is to one’s curtain hardware: it hides the unattractive bits. Yes, a pelmet is a

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(pronounced pehlt)

On one hand you have pelt the noun: an animal skin, either with its wool or fur in tact or stripped for tanning. On the other hand you have

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(pronounced PEN-den-tiv)

See spandrel.

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(pronounced peh-neh-TRAY-shehn SEEL-ing)

See fire

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(pronounced per-AN-num)

A Latin-derived adverb meaning in or for each year. In other words, a cooler way to say yearly.

Example: After Jack accepted the position as buyer for the antique auction house, he

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(pronounced per-KAHN-truh)

This adverb should be easy to remember because it means by way of contrast or on the contrary, both of which contain the “contra” part anyway.

Example: The twins have quite different

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(pronounced per-KAL or per-KAYL)

A type of weave that is used a great deal for bedding, percale is made of either 100% cotton yarns or a cotton-polyester yarn blend. The "thread count" of a

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(pronounced per-FUHNK-ter-ee)

You know when you do something that you don’t really want to do, so you execute the task at hand superficially and with no gusto" Or when you’re doing