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We searched through the Dwell archives to bring you our favorite lists of words you should know from building codes or restaurant jargon.
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  Building Codes: Whether you are planning a renovation or building from the ground up, arm yourself with the knowledge that will help you navigate endless meetings and negotiations. Illustration by Andy Rementer
    Building Codes: Whether you are planning a renovation or building from the ground up, arm yourself with the knowledge that will help you navigate endless meetings and negotiations. Illustration by Andy Rementer
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  Prefab Parlance: From Kynar and Galvalume to SIPs, the terminology associated with prefab construction can be daunting. We asked a handful of architects and designers to help us build a prefab glossary of the top terms and definitions related to modular housing. Illustration by Tim Tomkinson
    Prefab Parlance: From Kynar and Galvalume to SIPs, the terminology associated with prefab construction can be daunting. We asked a handful of architects and designers to help us build a prefab glossary of the top terms and definitions related to modular housing. Illustration by Tim Tomkinson
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  Modern Dining: You won’t get stuck on the wrong end of the communal table with this handy list. Illustration by Dan Williams

    Modern Dining: You won’t get stuck on the wrong end of the communal table with this handy list. Illustration by Dan Williams

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  How to Talk to Contractors: Don’t get lost in building jargon when planning your latest project. Illustration by Blanca Gómez

    How to Talk to Contractors: Don’t get lost in building jargon when planning your latest project. Illustration by Blanca Gómez

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  Product Design: You’ll be the star of the next charrette by throwing around some of these words. Illustration by Andrew Holder

    Product Design: You’ll be the star of the next charrette by throwing around some of these words. Illustration by Andrew Holder

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