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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 SHAZE-lon(g)) No, we’re not dyslexic. That last word isn’t supposed to be spelled l-o-u-n-g-e, though it’s common to see it – and hear it – that way. This is another one of those French terms, and it translates

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(pronounced CHAYNJ OR-der) “Ch-ch-ch-ch-chaaannges…” (Sorry. Couldn’t resist a little Ex. 1: A retail developer might decide that she wants to add a fountain at the entrance of her shopping mall to attract more customers, which results in additional design,

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(pronounced CHAN-nehl bak) Channel-back is an adjective used to describe the upholstery technique used on chairs, sofas, headboards and footboards to create deep, vertical sections of

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(pronounced shah-RET) The “ette” part of this word gives it away as French, no? Depending on whether or not you work well under stress, the lovely word charette can strike fear in the hearts of those who hear it, for