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(pronounced boh MOHND) As you might have guessed, this is a French phrase. Beau means good, and monde means world or society, so put them together and what have you got? The world of fashionable society. Example: Much to the

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(pronounced bih-HOOV) People who use this word sound so cultivated. Plus, it’s fun to say because you get to pucker up your lips like you’re just about to give someone a kiss. But what does it mean, you ask.

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(pronounced bih-LIE) The easiest way to remember this word is to focus on the emphasized syllable: lie (as in falsehood, misrepresentation, fabrication, etc.). Why? This succinct little transitive verb means to present a false impression of, to contradict,

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(pronounced BENCH-ing) Though many of us might first think of team sports when we hear this term (e.g., “Why is the coach benching his best players when the team is only seven points ahead?”), in the interior design arena

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(pronounced BEHNCH-mark) A benchmark is an actual spot on a stable item used to indicate elevation, but the word is more commonly used outside of the world of topography and surveying — i.e., a point of reference from which

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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