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(pronounced WELT-ing)

You know how when your annoying little brother used to hit you (out of any supervising adult’s sight line, of course), occasionally leaving a nasty raised mark on your body (which really got him into

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(pronounced WEHS-tern keeng)

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(pronounced WINJ)

The British verb for agitatedly complaining and incessantly whining. Though the pronunciation isn’t as harsh as the word “whine,” it gets the point across. To cement the word in your mind, imagine Audrey

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(pronounced like the individual words)

The term itself hints at its relative lack of excitement: colorless, yet useful and necessary. A white paper is what you call a detailed or authoritative report on a subject.

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(pronounced WHIT-wahsh)

Think of whitewash as

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(pronounced WHIT-wahsh)

You will see that this term is also listed in the DESIGN SPEAK section. Out of its original meaning within the design industry grew its general meaning that we are explaining here: to cover up

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(pronounced WIND-fawl)

I remember growing up in the 1980s hearing about “windfall profits” on the news and being so very confused, so I thought I would include the word. In this

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(pronounced werk LET-ter)

As you might imagine, this term describes a letter that defines some sort of work agreement. It’s just a little more involved than that, however. Also known as a “Tenant Improvement Allowance,”

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(pronounced WERK-stay-shunz)

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(pronounced RAWT)

Since you have probably heard of wrought iron — i.e., iron that is beaten and shaped for ornamental and functional purposes — then you are halfway to understanding the