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(pronounced as initials: vee-oh-seez)

The initials V-O-C stand for “volatile organic compound,” which is essentially any organic compound which evaporates readily to the atmosphere. Why are we listing this term in the DESIGN SPEAK section"

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(pronounced va-LOOT; rhymes with flute)

In its most simple terms, this beautiful word means a spiral or scroll-shaped form. This intricate form frequently occurs in nature due to its amazing structural strength (think shells and mollusks), and

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(pronounced VUL-pyne)

This rather sinister sounding word has its roots in Latin: vulpes = fox. Therefore, as you might guess in light of the words canine (dog), feline (cat), equine (horse), it means of, relating to, or

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(pronounced WAYN-skeht, WAYN-skaht or WAYN-skoht)

The first time we heard this word, we confusedly thought the person who uttered it was talking about someone named Wayne Scott (who we romantically imagined was

See also: A.F.F.

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(pronounced wahl AC-nee)

Though the term is somewhat crude, it’s quite descriptive. Wall acne describes the all-too-common array of wall switches that clutter up walls in both commercial and residential interiors. So many times extreme attention is

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(pronounced WAHL skahnts)

See sconce.