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(pronounced bih-RAYT or bee-RAYT) To give someone or a group of people an old fashioned scolding. In other words, to condemn in a very noticeable and angry manner – sometimes for an unusually long time. It’s never fun to

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(pronounced behr-ZHEHR) The term for an upholstered armchair having an exposed wood frame, concave back, wide seat, closed arms, and either cabriole or straight legs. As you might imagine, the term is French. This style became popular in Europe

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(pronounced bih-SEECH) People know you are serious when you use the word beseech, as it means to beg or implore for something anxiously, urgently or expressively. Example: Right before lunch, Jefferson, the project lead on the firm’s new clinic remodel, beseeched

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(pronounced bih-SPEEK) This is the kind of word you expect to see in Old English texts or your collection of Shakespearian classics, but the word is built for the modern world too. Though it can be used in several

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(pronounced bet NWAHR) The literal French translation: black beast. Sounds scary. The way the English-speaking world uses the term is a little less creepy: a person or thing (not necessarily tangible) that you want to avoid because it

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(pronounced BEH-vuhl) Yet another word that can be used as a noun or a verb. When you bevel the edge of something – a piece of glass inset in a door, a stone slab on a counter, an acoustical

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(pronounced BEH-vee) Such a funny, happy little word to represent a large group or collective set of something. Example: A bevy of interior design students from the city’s local program eagerly listed to Jackson while he toured them around

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(pronounced bid OH-peh-ning) In the construction project bidding process, the bid opening is just that – where the owner, developer or agent acting on behalf of the owner or developer actually opens and reviews the bids prepared by the

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(pronounced BI-oh-dih-GRAY-deh-behl) We put this word in the DESIGN SPEAK section instead of the SAY WHAT? section because it is increasingly becoming a consideration when specifying products and materials in the design industry. If something is biodegradable, then it

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(pronounced bi-oh-MI-mik-ree) Thanks to that required biology course in high school, we all know that “bio” refers to living things. And thanks to