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(pronounced ih-FAS)

This verb can be relevant to people or to objects, and we’ll explain the latter first. It means to cause to disappear or to erase or obscure as if

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(pronounced ih-FRAHN-tah-ree)

Stay clear of anyone possessing effrontery. (And if that person is YOU, then learn some manners! Tip: You’ll get farther in life if you do.) But back to the definition… Effrontery boils down

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(pronounced EHG-and-dart)

Such a weirdly harsh term for such a beautiful ornamental motif… Egg and dart is the term to describe a carved decorative design in classical architecture that consists of alternating convex “egg” shapes and vertical

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(pronounced ih-LEHK-trihk PRY-veh-see glas)

Also referred to as smart glass, electric privacy glass allows the user to switch easily between clear and opaque surfaces, allowing additional light to permeate into spaces while providing the

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(pronounced ih-lehk-TRAH-nihk SIS-tehmz KAHN-trak-tehr)

Also abbreviated ESC, this type of contractor helps design and install the digital networks within both residential and commercial environments. ESCs work with interior designers, architects, MEPs, builders, general contractors,

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(pronounced ih-lehk-truh-STA-tihk DIHS-charj)

Otherwise known as ESD, this term describes an abrupt, unexpected, and undesirable flash of electrical current that surges between two objects, usually expensive, high-tech electrical equipment in a setting such as

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(pronounced EH-leh-vay-tehr speech)

Also known as an “elevator pitch,” this term describes a concise, descriptive overview of something that you are trying promote — i.e., services, event, project, product, or even

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(pronounced im-BA-tehld)

Though this adjective can be used to mean “ready to fight,” it is more commonly used to describe a person engaged in something characterized by conflict or controversy.

Example: Jackie Johanssen, the embattled City Manager,

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(pronounced awn-MASS or awn-MOSS)

A French phrase meaning as a whole, all together, as one.

Example: The second the doors opened for the Daniel Libeskind lecture, the 2004 NeoCon attendees moved en masse into the ballroom and jockeyed

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(pronounced ahn-WEE)

A strange little word that speaks volumes because saying it aloud almost sounds like one is sighing. Appropriately enough, ennui means tedium, boredom, or general feelings of discontent and