Design lingo can be as straightforward as "sofa", "carpet", "lamp" and "wallpaper". These are easy, of course; but other terms (especially ones that we borrow from foreign languages)...well, not so easy in either their correct pronunciation or meaning. Whether you're always up for learning something new or you're pretty sure you're going to ace this and want to feel smug for a minute, see how you do guessing the pronunciation and meaning behind these terms.
You're likely to (mostly) understand the decorating glossary if you minored in French during your college years (what with all those words like étagère, chaise longue, trompe l'oeil, bergère, et cetera—ah ha! a French word we all know and love to use). But without an ear for romance languages, it's easy to get tongue tied when navigating the more complicated waters of design terminology.
Of course, it's not all heavily accented French names either. Many of the words used in the everyday conversations of designers and design enthusiasts alike are borrowed from dialects the world over, like the Danish word hygge that infiltrated every decor magazine and blog late last year (and no, "hygge" is not when you hide after eating fudge, though we sure do think a word with this definition should absolutely exist).
Today, we're tackling a handful of decorating terms that are frequently mispronounced, tapping brave volunteers to take their best guesses as how to properly pronounce the precarious words they are offered, and also surmise their meaning. What ensued was educational, incredibly creative and downright endearing.
If you can't get enough of tricky design jargon, check out this post with more pronunciation fun! You'll be a decorating nerd in no time at all:
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