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(pronounced like the initials: ee-ess-dee) See electrostatic

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(pronounced es-soh-TEH-rik)

This exotic sounding word has a surplus of subtle variations, though all closely related to each other. First off, it can describe something (tangible or intangible) that is rare or of special interest.

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(pronounced EH-sehnts SUHR-fehs-es)

This relatively new term is being used to describe finishes that embody natural — i.e., minerals, elements and products of the earth — materials at their essence. Think metallics, opalescents and

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(pronounced EE-thohs)

A word – with Greek origins – meaning one’s own personal or work “ethic.” (See the same language roots") More elaborately put, the ethos of an individual, group, or organization is the culmination

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(pronounced eh-ver-LAS-ting not) See Celtic

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This term is the buzzword of the healthcare design industry. As you might imagine, it refers to the practice of using research information (otherwise known as “evidence”) to guide design decisions – a simple, yet powerful,

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(pronounced ih-VIH-she-rayt)

This imposing word is a negative, often violent one. At its most gruesome, it means to disembowel or remove an internal organ from someone, but its more common usage

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(pronounced ihg-ZA-ser-bayt) This very aggressive sounding transitive verb means to make something more severe, harsh or cruel. How appropriate. Example: The recent bankruptcy filing of Jill’s primary client will not only exacerbate her firm’s current cash flow problems but also

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(pronounced ehk-SKOR-ee-ayt)

This word’s hard, harsh sound conjures up nails on a chalkboard, which is appropriate since it means either to wear the skin off of or to reprimand and criticize

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(pronounced ihk-SPAN-tchehn A-tihk)

The space in the topmost part of a home normally used for storage but that is either finished out as living space or is suitable for conversion into habitable space.