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(pronounced KA-vee-ott EMP-ter) A Latin term for a doctrine of commerce, namely that a consumer who buys something without a warranty assumes the risk. Let the buyer beware. Example: When our client bought two cheap Persian rugs from a disreputable

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(pronounced sheh-GRIN) Chagrin is an odd-sounding, versatile word. Though you can use it as a verb, it is most commonly used as a noun, and it means the distress one feels when beset by disappointment, failure or humiliation. Sad,

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(pronounced chee) When you hear this word pronounced kigh (rhymes with high), it stands for the symbol "X" - the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet. However, in our case, it comes from Chinese origins and is sometimes also written

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(pronounced shih-KAY-nuh-ree) At its most simple: trickery and deception, usually by out-foxing an opponent by illegal or underhanded means. It’s a fun word to say, but see that it’s not used to describe your actions. Example: Although he did not

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(pronounced CHER-lihsh) If someone refers to you as churlish, don’t mistake it for a complement. It means challenging to deal or work with, vulgar, surly, or unsociable. Example: Though he was thrilled to be in charge of overseeing the remodel

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(pronounced klan-DESS-tehn or klan-DESS-teyen) This fun word is a fancier way to describe something as secret or surreptitious. That's it. Example: Because he did not want his co-workers to know about the few design projects that he was doing on

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(pronounced KLAK) When we hear this word it makes us think of “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers,” the hosts of Example: Certain famous architects are regularly attended by a claque of hangers-on who strive to raise their own

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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