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This French term literally means “novel with a key.” In our terms, it means a novel or story that features actual people and events, but under the guise of fiction. Example: Mark felt as if he did not have

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(pronounced roh-ZEHT)

This term is so easy to remember – just think of a rose and its rounded shape. In classical architecture, a rosette is a carved medallion or disk having a floral motif or even just

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(pronounced ROHT)

As a noun, rote means unconscious, mechanical routine or repetition or the use of recall, often with little brainpower. As an adjective, rote means learned or memorized by rote.

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(pronounced RUHF OH-peh-ning)

A construction term meaning the wall opening into which a frame is to be installed. This could be for a door, window, paper towel dispenser, ventilation grille, electrical panel…

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(pronounced RUHF-hyoon)

Also used to describe rugged, coarse people who lack refinement and polish, the term rough-hewn describes something that is crudely created, rough in appearance and to the touch, and often appears unfinished.

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(pronounced roob)

Love this word! There’s just something about the way it rolls off the tongue that puts a smile on your face. Ironically, it’s not a very kind word. It

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(pronounced roo-deh-MEHN-teh-ree or roo-deh-MEHN-tree)

In a nutshell: basic, fundamental, rather primitive in nature, or crudely developed.

Example: When he dropped by his favorite millworker’s to pick up

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(pronounced RUHN-ning bahnd)

Although this term could technically describe 007 in hot pursuit of an evil megalomaniac in Ian Fleming’s iconic

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(pronounced RUH-ning dahg skrohl)

See Vitruvian scroll.

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(pronounced RUHN-ing OR-nah-mehnt)

When we hear this term, we immediately think of bunch of anthropomorphic Christmas ornaments hanging on some grand tree bungee jumping to freedom and scuttling off underneath some oversized furniture. But we