D

dab (to touch lightly)
daiquiri
dal (Indian lentil dish) (added 9/19/17)
damask
darn
daub (to cover with soft adhesive)
daybed
daylily
dead bolt (n)
dead-bolt (adj)
dead end (n)
dead-end (v, adj)
deadhead (to clip off dead blooms to encourage blooming)
deadheading
decision maker (n)
decision making (n)
decision-making (adj)
déclassé
decor
décor (use accent only for title of Décor magazine)
decorative-edge scissors
decoupage
deep-fat fryer (“deep fryer” is OK)
de facto
déjà vu
delft
delicatessen (“deli” is OK)
Della Robbia
demiglacé
demilune
demitasse
denim
derriere
design-build firm
designer-builder (n)
desktop (n, adj)
deviled eggs
devil’s food cake (but “angel food cake”)
dhurrie
Diabetic Chef®
Diabetic Living®
dialogue
die back (v)
dieback (n)
die cut (n)
die-cut (adj, v)
die-cutting tool (not die-cutting machine)
dietitian (was dietician; updated 10/2/19)
Dijon mustard (deleted “style” on 11/21/19)
dill seeds
dill weed
dimensional adhesive (generic term for Diamond Glaze)
dinnertime
dinnerware
dish towel
Disneyland
Disney World
ditalini (see Pasta List)
DIYable (added 9/14/17)
DIYer (2nd reference)
dobby (loom attachment)
dobby weave
dog-ear (quilting term)
dogleg (adj, v)
dogtrot
dollhouse
dollop (v; prefer “top with”)
don’ts
donut (in BH&G and food titles as of 3/7/17)
doorbell
doorknobs
dos
dotcom
dotted
double-breasted
double-check (v)
doublecheck (n)
double-dig (method of preparing soil)
double duty (n)
double-duty (adj)
double-glazed (adj)
double glazing (n)
double knit
double-knit (adj)
double-stick tape (not double-sided tape; clarified 5.5.14)
double stitch (n)
double-stitch (v)
double take
double time (n)
double-time (v)
Douglas fir
douppioni silk
dowel (n)
doweling (v)
downdraft
down-home
downlight
dragée
drainboard
draperies (n, not drapes)
drapery
dressmaker
dressmaker’s carbon
dressmaking
drier (more dry)
drop cloth
drop leaf (n)
drop-leaf (adj)
drummettes
dry-brush (v)
dry-clean (v)
dry-cleanable (adj)
dry cleaner (n)
dry cleaning
dry-roasted (adj)
dry
dryer (appliance)
drywall
ductwork
du jour
DuPont
dust ruffle
dust skirt
Dutch-lap siding
Dutch oven
Dutch treat
DVD, DVDs

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padding stitch (n)
paintbrush
painted lady
painters tape (added 11/18/15)
paint pen
paisley
palate (sense of taste)
Paleo
palette (paint board)
Palladian
pallet (temp. bed)
pallette (armor)
panache
paneled
panini (singular and plural)
pan-fry (v)
panko (updated 9/19/17)
pantaloons (both singular and plural)
pantdress
pant leg
pantsuit
pantyhose
paper (not papers in materials lists)
paper-piece (v)
paper-pieced (adj)
paper piecing (n)
paper towels (not “paper toweling”)
paper trim (Paper Frill is a brand name)
papier-mâché
parbake (added 11/5/19)
par excellence
parsley: when referring to “Italian” parsley, call it flat-leaf parsley (added 10/17/19)
parslied (adj)
Parsons table
particleboard
part time (n)
part-time (adj, adv)
passé
pass-through
pasta (see Pasta List)
pate (pastry, only in food copy)
pâte (pastry, butter)
pâté (meat spread)
patinaed (adj)
patterned paper
patternmaker
PB&J
peanut butter (peanut butter adjectives aren’t hyphenated, unless meaning is unclear)
pea pod
Pekinese stitch (n)
pendant (adj, n)
penelope canvas
penne (see Pasta List)
penny rug (n, adj)
per annum
per capita
per diem
perle cotton
perlite
permanent press (n)
permament-press (adj)
pelmet
per se
Persian
pertussis (aka whooping cough)
petit four (sing)
petits fours (pl)
petit point
petit-point (adj)
Ph.D.
Phillips screwdriver
phosphorous (adj)
phosphorus (n)
photomural
phyllo
picante sauce
piccata
pickup (n, adj)
pièce de résistance
piecrust
pied-à-terre
Pilates
pillowcase
pillow sham
pillow slip
pimiento
piña colada
pinch pleat (n)
pinch-pleat (v)
pinch-tuck (n, v)
pincushion
pin dot (n)
pin-dotted (adj)
pineapple
pinecone
pine nut
pinnable (added 7.8.15)
pinstripe (n)
pinstriped (adj)
pinup
pin-worthy (added 7.8.15 as an exception to our combining forms rule)
pipe cleaners (in crafts: use “chenille pipe cleaners” in materials lists and “pipe cleaners” in how-to; updated 10.5.18)
piping hot (adj)
piqué (fabric)
pizzazz
pizzelle (singular); pizzelles (plural)
place card
place mat
place setting
planter’s punch
plasterboard
plaster of Paris
plastic bag (resealable; not “self-sealing”)
plastic-foam (adj)
plastic wrap (not “clear plastic wrap”)
playroom
plissé
poblano
po’boy
polka dot (n, adj only in quilting copy)
polka-dot (adj)
polyethylene (sheet)
Poly-Fil (trademarked)
poly-pellets
polyresin
polyurethane (liquid)
polyvinyl chloride
pomegranate
pom-pom (all uses) {except pompon for mums} updated 8/20/19
pool house
poolside
popcorn (not “popping corn”)
popcorn cluster stitches
popover
poppy seeds
Popsicle (trademarked; use “freezer pop(s)”)
pork chop
porte cochere
porterhouse (T-bone and loin cut of steak)
portiere
portland cement
portobello
poster board
poster paint
posthole
posthole digger
postmodern
potager
potato chip
pot-bound (adj)
pot filler (n, adj)
pot holder
potluck
pot pie
potpourri
pot rack
pot sticker (see Pasta List)
pouf
poufy
power food
prairie point
Prairie School
Prairie style
precrafted (don’t use; better to use factory-built)
precut
prediabetes
prepasted
preshrink (v)
Presidents Day
presser foot
press cloth
presto, change-o
prewash
Prize Tested Recipes® Contest
prizewinning
prosciutto
protégé (male)
protégée (female)
Provençal
provincial
Provençale (cooked with garlic, onion, olive oil, mushroom, and herbs)
pueblo (style)
puff pastry
pull-on (adj)
pullout (n, adj)
pull over (v)
pullover (n, adj)
pumpkin-carving (adj)
punch needle
punch-needle pattern
punchwork
puree
purpleheart (wood)
PVC (OK as adj)

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T

Tabasco sauce (trademarked; use “bottled hot pepper sauce”)
tabbouleh
tablecloth
table d’hôte
tableful
table runner
table saw
tablescape
table setting (n)
table skirt
tablespoon
tabletop
table topper
tableware
table wine
tack cloth
tack rag
tack stitch (n)
tack-stitch (v)
ta-da
taekwondo
tai chi
tailor
tailor’s chalk
tailor’s hem
takeout (n)
take out (v)
take-out (adj)
taper
taproot
tarragon
tart (baked dish in a pastry shell, a pie; see “torte”)
tartar sauce
tassel
tasseled
taste buds
T-bar
T-beam
T-bolt
tea bag
teacup
tea-dyeing
tea garden
teahouse
teakettle
tea light (n)
tea-light (adj)
tea party
teapot
tearoom
tea set
teaspoon
tea-stain (v)
tea-stained
tea towel
teenager
Teflon (trademarked; use “nonstick”)
tenpenny nail
termite-proof
terra-cotta (n, adj)
terra firma tile
terrarium
terrine (food)
terry cloth (n, adj)
tête-à-tête
Thousand Island dressing
3-D
throwdown (n)
thumbtack
tic-tac-toe
tieback
tie-in (n, adj)
tie-rod (n)
tile beam
tilework
till (do not use in place of “until” in recipe copy)
time-consuming (adj)
timeline
time-out
time-saver (n)
time-saving (adj)
timeworn
to-do list
toe-kick
toggle bolt
toile
tongue and groove (n)
tongue-and-groove (adj)
toolbox
topcoat (overcoat)
top coat (paint)
top-dress
topdressing
topsoil
topstitch (n, v)
torchère (tall ornamental stand for candlestick or candlelabra) (updated 10.22.19)
torchiere (electric floor lamp giving indirect light) (updated 10.22.19)
torte (a cake made with several eggs; plural is tortes; see “tart”)
totable
touch-tone
townhome
townhouse
toymaker
trade-off (n)
tranquility (updated 8.7.18)
transferware
trapdoor
tray ceiling
tree house
treetop
tree topper
treillage
trellis, trellises
triangle-square (quilting)
trilevel
triple sec
trompe l’oeil
Trombe wall
try square
T-shirt
T-square
Tudor
tureen (bowl)
turfgrass
turkey work
turnover
Turnover (Moda fabric precuts; trademarked)
turtleneck
tussie-mussies
tuteur
24/7
tweet (to make a chirping sound; to post a message to the Twitter online message service)
twill
twin bed
twofold (adj, adv)
two-ply (not 2-ply)
two-story
tying
type 1 diabetes
type 2 diabetes
tzatziki
T-zone

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S

saber saw
sachet
saddle stitch
saddle-stitch (v)
safflower oil
saffron
sailcloth
sake (wine)
saltbox
saltillo (no cap., no ital)
saltine
saltshaker
sand-cast
sandpaper
Sandwich glass
sangria
Santa(s)
sashes (pl. of sash)
satay (not “sate”; singular and plural)
sateen
satin stitch (n)
satin-stitch (v)
sauté
savoir faire
savoy cabbage
saw-toothed (adj)
sawtooth (n)
scale (not scales; measuring device)
scallop-edge scissors
scalloped potatoes
SCOBY (acronym for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)
Scotch tape (trademarked; use “transparent tape”)
Scotch whisky
scrap bag
scrapbook store, scrapbooking store (both are accepted; let your ear and the usage guide your choice)
scrapbooking
scrapbooking paper, scrapbook paper (both are accepted; let your ear and the usage guide your choice)
scraplift
scrap room
screen porch
screen print (n, v)
screen-print (adj)
screen printing (n)
screw eye
screw hole
scroll saw
Sculpey clay
sea blue
seafoam
sea glass
seagrass
seam line
sea salt flakes (not flaky sea salt) (added 9/16/19)
season’s greetings
secondhand (adj, adv)
seed bead
seedbed
seedbox
seed case
seed coat
seedfall
seed head
seedpod
seed stitch (n)
self-seed
self-seeder
selvage
semigloss
sesame seeds
setup (n)
sewer (OK for “one who sews”)
shadow box (n)
Shaker (sect)
shakshuka
shape-up (n)
shapewear (i.e. Spanx)
sheer (transparent)
sheers (curtains)
sheet metal
sheet metal screw
shelfful
Shetland yarn
shh
shirr (v., draw together)
shirring (n)
shish kabob (not “kebab”)
shiitake
shoebox
shoehorn
shoe tree
S hook
shoji screen
shortcut (n, v, adj)
showerhead
showhouse
sideboard
side by side (adv)
side-by-side (adj)
side chair
sidedress
side-dressing
sidelight
sidepiece
side rails
sidewall (n)
side yard
sign-up (n)
silk ribbon embroidery
silk screen (n)
silk-screen (v, adj)
silver plate (n)
silver-plate (v)
silver-plated (adj)
silverware
sizable
skincare (BH&G uses it closed as of 9/19/19)
skylight
skylit
sleeper sofa
sleeveboard
slideshow
sliding glass door
slipcover (n, v)
slipcovered
slip stitch (n)
slip-stitch (v)
sloppy joes
slow-cook (v) (EXCEPTION: Please use Slow Cook in the banner with Prep time, etc.)
slow cooker (n, adj)
smartphone
smock (v)
smocking
smooth-top range
Smyrna (stitch)
soffit
softwood
Soho (London)
SoHo (NYC)
soiree
soleplate (of an iron)
solid-surfacing (n, adj)
sorbet
soufflé
sour cream
Southern yellow pine
soymilk
space-saver (n)
Spackle (n, trademark; use “surfacing compound”)
spackle (v)
spaghetti (see Pasta List)
spa-like
spareribs
spartan (generic)
spatula
sphagnum
spiderweb
split-level
split-rail (adj)
sponge-paint (v.)
spooktacular
sportswear
spotlight (n, v)
spot lighting (n)
spray paint (n)
spray-paint (v)
springform pan
squash (singular and plural)
sriracha sauce
S shape (n)
S-shape (adj)
St. Barthélemy (or St. Barth)
St. Nick
stained glass (n)
stained-glass (adj)
stainless steel (n)
stainless-steel (adj)
stairstep (n, v)
stair-step (adj)
standby (n, adj, adv)
stand by (v)
standout (n, adj)
stand out (v)
starburst
stay stitch (n)
stay-stitch (v)
stem stitch (n)
stem-stitch (v)
stemware
stenciled
step-by-step (always hyphenated)
stepping-stone (n, adj)
step stool
still life (pl. still lifes)
stir-fry (n, v, adj) (updated 9/19/17)
stitch in the ditch
stockinette stitch (n)
stockpot
stonemason
stonewashed
stoneyard
storm window
stovepipe
stove top
stowaway (n)
stow away (v)
St. Paddy’s Day (short for St. Patrick’s Day) (added 3.17.15)
straightedge
straightforward (adj, adv)
straight grain (n)
straight-grain (adj)
straight stitch (n)
straight-stitch (v)
streamlined (adj)
stretch stitch (n)
striate (v)
striated (adj)
strié
string bean (avoid using)
striped
strip-piece (v)
strip-pieced (adj)
strip piecing (n)
strippy quilt
stromboli (singular and plural)
strudel
Styrofoam (trademarked; use “foam”)
sub-zero
sugarloaf
sugarplum
sulfured molasses
summerhouse
summer-sweet (adj)
Sunbelt
sun deck
sun-dried tomatoes (avoid using; call for dried tomatoes)
sunlamp
sun parlor
sunporch
sunray
sunroom
sun screen (lotion)
sunshade
sunspace
superfood
supersize
Susan G. Komen for the Cure (formerly Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation)
swayback (n)
swaybacked (adj)
sweet corn
sweetmeat
sweet pea
sweet pepper is no longer used (e.g., red sweet pepper). Please use bell pepper, e.g., red bell pepper(updated 9/25/19)
sweet potato
sweet soybeans (use edamame instead)
sweet tooth
swim spa
swing arm (n)
swing-arm (adj)
swing-out (adj)
swing set
switchplate
syrup
Szechwan

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C

cabinetmaker
cacciatore
cache
Caesar salad dressing
café
café au lait (coffee with hot milk)
cafe mocha
cafeteria (Spanish-American restaurant)
caffeine
caffe latte
cal(s). (short for calories; use in nutritional analysis, see NA page)
calicoes
camelback
canapé
candelabra (s, pl)
candleholder
candlestand
candlestick
canister
cannellini (beans) (Note: Do not refer to white kidney beans.) (updated 9/19/17)
cannelloni (shells)
canopy
cantaloupe
capocollo
Cape Cod (n, adj)
capellini (see Pasta List)
capital (city, money)
capitol (bldg. only)
cappuccino
carafe
caramel apples (not carameled apples)
caramelize
carat (gems)
carb(s) (short for carbohydrates)
carb(s). (use in nutritional analysis, see NA page)
carb choices
cardigan
card shark (skilled player; avoid use unless meaning is clear)
cardsharp (cheater)
cardstock
card table
caregiver
carryover (n)
car siding
carte blanche
case goods
cast iron (n)
cast-iron (adj)
cast off (v)
cast-off (adj)
castoff (n)
cast on (v)
cast-on (n, adj)
catchall
catch stitch (n)
catch-stitch (v)
catsup (prefer ketchup)
cayenne pepper (not ground red pepper)
CBD
C-clamp
CDE (certified diabetes educator; no periods)
celadon
cell phone (n, adj)
cement (dry powder)
center front
centerline
centerpiece
ceramic disk (n)
ceramic-disk (adj)
ceviche (added 9/19/17)
CD, CDs
chain-link fence
chain stitch
chain-stitch (v)
chairback
chair rail
chaise longue(s)
chalk line (n)
Chalk Paint (trademarked for use by Annie Sloan Interiors; use “chalk-finish paint”)
champagne
Champagne (use uppercase only for reference to French Champagne; from Champagne region)
changeable
change-o
Chantilly lace
charlotte russe
checkerboard (n)
Cheddar yellow
cheese ball
cheesebox
cheeseburger
cheesecake
cheesecloth
cheesesteak
chenille pipe cleaners (in crafts: use “chenille pipe cleaners” in materials lists and “pipe cleaners” in how-to; added 10.5.17)
chenille(s)
chicken Kiev
chickpeas (not garbanzo beans)
child care (n)
child-care (adj)
Child, Julia (not Childs)
chili paste
chile peppers (plural: chiles) [Please note that we no longer use chile as part of a pepper name unless it is an unusual variety. So it would be jalapeño pepper, chipotle pepper. updated 9/25/19]

chili (soup; plural: chilies)
chili powder
chili sauce
chiminea
china closet
chinaware
chinoiserie
chipboard
chipotle
Chippendale
chocolaty
cholesterol
Christmas Day/Eve
ciabatta
cilantro (an herb, leaf of the coriander plant; see coriander)
cinnamon
CKBD
CKD
clafouti (singular); clafoutis (plural) (added 9/19/17)
claw foot (n)
claw-foot (adj)
clayware
cleanability
cleanable
clean-lined
clean up (v)
cleanup (n, adj)
Clearjel
clementine
cliché
cliffside
cliff top
clip art
clockface
cloisonné
close up (adv, v)
closeup (n, adj)
clothesline
clubhouse
Cluny lace
coastline
coatdress
coat hanger
coatrack
Coats & Clark
coat tree
coco fiber
coeur à la crème
coffee cake
coffeemaker
coffee table (n)
Cognac
cold frame
coleslaw
Colonial (adj)
colonies (n)
colored wire
colorfast (adj)
colorfastness (n)
color pencils
color wash (n)
color-wash (adj, v)
colorway
common sense (n)
commonsense (adj)
commonsensible
communiqué
compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL on second reference)
compote
concha
Concorde (jet)
concrete (mixed or set cement)
confectioners’ coating (updated 11/21/14)
confectioners’ sugar (use powdered sugar) (updated 11/21/14)
consommé
continental stitch
cookie sheet (use only when baking cookies)
cookstove
cooktop (but: range top, stove top)
cookware
cooldown
copyright-free
corduroy
coriander (a spice, seed of coriander plant; see cilantro)
Corn Belt
corn bread
cornflakes
cornhusk
cornhusking
Cornish game hen
cornmeal
corn on the cob (no hyphens)
corn shuck
cornstalk
cornstarch
corn syrup
corn whisky
cottage flowers
cottage garden
Cotton Belt
couch (v)
couching (n)
counted-thread embroidery
counter space
countertop
country French (not French country)
county extension service (lc)
coupé
cover-up (n, adj)
crab apple (in food text)
crabapple
crabmeat
crabmeat, backfin
crafter
crafts glue
crafts knife
craftsmanship (sexist; try to avoid)
craftspeople
craftsperson
crafts projects
crafts sand
crafts stick
crafts supply store
Craigslist (note the web address extension is .org)
Cran- (Cranapple is trademarked; use “cranberry”)
crawlspace
crazy quilt (n)
crazy-quilt (adj)
cream of tartar
crèche
crème
crème brûlée
crème de cacao
crème de cassis
crème de menthe
crème fraîche
cremini
crepe
crepe paper
crewel embroidery
crew neck (n, neckline)
crewneck (n, sweater)
crisp-tender
crisscross
crochet
Crock-Pot (trademarked; use “slow cooker”)
crossbar
crossbeam
crossbrace
cross-country
cross grain (n)
cross-grained (adj)
crosshatch (n, adj)
crossline
cross member
crosspiece
cross section (n)
cross-section (v)
cross-sectional (adj)
cross-stitch (n, v)
crosswise
crostata
croûte
crow’s nest
crudités
cubbyhole (n)
cucumber
Cuisinart (trademarked; use “food processor”)
cul-de-sac
curlicue
cushy
custom-built (adj, v)
custom-crafted (adj)
custom-fit (adj, v)
custom-made (adj, v)
cutoff (n, adj)
cut out (v)
cutout (n, adj)
cutwork
cyber- (prefix)
cyberbulling
cyberspace

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F

fabric glue
fabric medium
fabric paint
fabrics store
facade
facedown (adv)
facelift
facepiece
faceplate
faceup (adv)
fagoting (n)
fait accompli
family-style (adj) (added 9.17.14)
fanback
fancywork
fanfold (n, v)
fanlight
farfalle (see Pasta List)
farmers market (updated 11/21/14)
fascia; fasciae
fascia board
fat eighth (9×21-inch fabric piece) (updated 4/16/15)
fat-free milk
fat quarter (18×21-inch fabric piece) (updated 4/16/15)
faux- (adj)
faux pas
fax
feather bed
featherstitch (n, v)
feed dogs
feed sack (n, adj)
felting-needle mat
felt-tip pen (added 5.5.14)
fence line
fencerow
feng shui (no ital)
-fest (suffix, no hyphen)
festivalgoer
fettuccine (see Pasta List)
fettuccine Alfredo
fiberboard
fiber-cement
fiberfill
fiberglass
fiberglass insulation
Fiesta (registered trademark) dinnerware
figured velvet
filet (lace)
filet crochet (n)
filigreed (adj)
fillet
Fimo (scultpting clay/compound)
fines herbes
finger-crease
finger-joint (n)
finger-press
finishing nails
firebox
firebrick
fire-engine red
firepit
fireproof
fire screen
fire-stop
first class (n)
first-class (adj, adv)
first-come–first-served
firsthand
fishbone
fish fry
fishpond
five-patch (n, adj)
five-spice powder
fix up (v)
fix-up (n)
flaky sea salt (use sea salt flakes) (added 9/16/19)
flambé
flame stitch
flame-stitch (v)
flapjack
flatbread
flat-fell seam
flathead screw
flat iron steak
flat-panel
flat-screen
flatware
flaxseed meal
flaxseeds
flea market (n, adj)
fleur-de-lis (plural: fleurs-de-lis)
flier (one who flies)
flock (v, n: material used to make flocked designs)
flocking (n: a design in flock)
flood lamp
floodlight
floorboard
floorcloth
floor covering
floor plan
floppy disk
floral foam (added 2/6/17)
Florentine stitch (n)
florets
florists tape (updated 5/29/15)
florists wire (updated 5/29/15)
flow-blue
flowerbed
flower head
flowerpot
fluorescent
fluted tube pan (use instead of trademarked Bundt pan)
flyer (advertising circular)
foam-core board
focaccia
foldout
folk art (n, adj)
foodborne
footboard
footrest
footstool
forego (precede)
forgo (abstain)
formal
formalwear
Fostoria
Four-Patch (n, adj: quilting block)
four-poster (n, not four-poster bed)
fraîche
frappé
free-flowing
free-form (adj)
free hand (n)
freehand (adj, adv)
freehand-draw (v)
freehanded (adj: “generous”)
freehand-paint (v)
free-spirited
freestanding
freestyle
French bean
French country (use country French instead)
french-cut (adj)
French door
French dressing
french-fried (adj)
french-fry (v)
french fry (n)
French knot
French Provincial (in the style of Provence, France; see also Provençal, provincial)
French toast
fresco (plural: frescoes)
fricassee
frieze
frittata
front yard
froufrou
froyo (updated 9/19/17)
fruitcake
fruit cocktail
fruit cup
frying pan (use skillet, not sauté pan)
fuchsia
fudgy
full time (n)
full-time (adj, adv)
fully cooked (no hyphen)
Fuji (film brand)
fund-raiser
fusible web (n; in quilting materials lists, specify lightweight or heavyweight)
fusible-web (adj)
fusilli (see Pasta List)
fussy cutting (n)
fussy-cutting (adj, v)

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L

laborsaving
lacestitch
lacet (n: a crochet stitch)
lacework (n)
lacinato kale
lacquer
ladder-back (adj)
ladder stitch (n)
lamé
laminate
laminated plastic
lampas
lampshade
lapel
lark’s head
lasagna
latticework
lauan
lavash
lavender
lawn chair
lawn mower
Layer Cake (Moda fabric precuts; trademarked)
lazy daisy stitch
lazy Susan
LDL (bad) cholesterol (use on first reference)
LDL (on second reference)
leaded-glass windows
lean-to
leatherworker
LED (don’t need to spell out)
left-handed (adj)
leftover (n, adj)
leitmotiv
lemongrass
letter board (the kind you use individual letters to make a sign/saying)
lettuce (types include: Bibb, Boston, bos, iceberg, leaf, and romaine)
licorice
licorice, shoestring
life-size
life span
lifestyle
lightbulb
light-color corn syrup
light switches
lightweight
light well
light-year
Lille lace
lily pond
Limburger
limeade
limoncello
lineal (arranged in lines)
linear (single dimension)
linguine
Linzer torte
liqueur (sweetened liquor)
Liquid Nails
liquor
litter box
livability
lobster tail (not “lobster’s tail”)
lockset
lockstitch
London broil
long-and-short stitch (n)
long-arm machine
long-arm machine quilter
long-arm machine-quilter NAME NAME
long grain rice (no hyphens)
long stitch (n)
longtime (adj)
look-alike
loop stitch (n)
loose-pack (adj)
louver
love seat
Low Country
low-E glass
low-fat (adj)
L shape (n)
L-shape (adj)
lunch
lunch box
lunchroom
lunchtime
lychee

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B

B.A.
baby back ribs
baby’s breath
backfill
backfin crabmeat
backflow
backlight (v)
backlighting (n)
backpiece
backplate
backroads
back side
backside (n; rear end, bum, butt)
backsplash
backstitch (n, v)
back-to-back (always hyphenated)
back up (v)
backup (n, adj)
backyard
bad cholesterol (second reference)
baguette
baked beans
baking sheet (for food other than cookies)
baklava
Bali Pops (Hoffman fabric precuts; trademarked)
balled-and-burlapped (adj)
ball peen hammer
ballpoint pen (added 5.5.14)
balustrade
baluster
bandanna
band saw
banh mi
banister
banquet (meal)
banquette (seating)
barathea (fabric)
barely-there (adj)
bare-root (adj)
bargello (needlework that produces a zigzag pattern)
barn board (n)
barn-board (adj)
barnwood
barrette
barstool
base coat (n)
base-coat (v)
basket weave (n)
basket-weave (adj, v)
Basque (language, people)
basque (bodice)
baste
bath time (n)
bath-time (adj)
Battenberg lace
Bavarian cream
bay window (adj, n)
beachline
beaded (paneling, ceiling material, board)
beaded-board (adj)
beadwork
beam work
bean sprouts
béarnaise sauce
beaux arts
bed-and-breakfast
bedcover
bedsheet
bed skirt
bedspread
bedspring
beef Bourguignon
beef Wellington
Before (n, adj)
before-and-after
Belgian endive
below-grade (adj)
belowground (adj)
belsnickle
beltline
bench top
berber
bergère
beribbon (v)
best seller (n)
best-selling (adj)
beta-carotene
Better Homes & Gardens®
Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications® (no italic)
Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden® (no italic)
Better Homes & Gardens® Test Kitchen
BHG.com® (no italic)
(for more Better Homes & Gardens trademarks, see Trademarks, Meredith)
bête noire
bias-slice (v)
bias-sliced (adj)
bias slicing (n)
Bible Belt
bifold
bight (length of a machine sttich)
bilevel
birdbath
birdcage
bird feeder
birdhouse
birdseed
bird’s-eye (adj)
bird’s-eye-piqué
bird-watch (v)
bird-watcher
bird-watching
bishop sleeve (n)
bishop-sleeve (adj)
biweekly
blackout (adj)
blanch (not blanche)
blanket stitch (n)
blanket-stitch (v)
blasé
blind-hem stitch
blind stitch (n)
blindstitch (v)
bling-bling
block of the month
block-of-the-month (adj)
blond wood
bloodlust
blood meal
bloody mary (no caps)
blueprint
bluestone
board-and-batten (adj, n)
boardinghouse
bobeche
bodice
boho
bok choy (pakchoi)
bologna
bombé
bombe (a molded ice cream dessert)
bona fide
bon appétit
bonemeal
bon mot
bon vivant
bon voyage
bookcase
bookholder
bookrack
bookshelf
Boston baked beans
bottle brush (noun) (added 10/8/18)
bottle-brush (adj.) (added 10/8/18)
bottlebrush (shrub or small tree) (added 10/8/18)
bouclé
bouillabaisse
bouillon (soup)
bowfront
bow tie
box pleat (n)
box-pleat (v)
box-pleated (adj)
box spring
box stitch (n)
box-stitch (v)
brand-new
bratwurst
braunschweiger
breadbasket
breadboard
bread crumbs
breadstick
brick-clad (adj)
brick-and-mortar (adj)
Brie
brioche
bristol board
broadleaf (adj)
Broccolini (trademark: cross between broccoli and Chinese kale)
broccoli rabe
broderie perse (appliquéing cutout chintz designs with embroidery stitches)
broiler-fryer chicken
brooch
brown butter (not browned)
brûlée
Brunswick stew
brushed-steel (adj)
brushstroke (n)
Brussels sprouts
Btus
buffalo plaid
buildable
builder-grade (adj)
build in (v)
buildup (n)
built-in (n, adj)
built-up (adj)
bullion fringe
bullion stitch (n)
bullion stitch (v)
bullnose
bull’s-eye
bump out (v)
bump-out (n)
bundt cake (the cake itself is not trademarked) (added 9/19/17)
Bundt pan (trademarked; use “fluted tube pan”)
bunk bed
burgundy (color)
Burgundy (wine)
bust line
butcher block (n)
butcher-block (adj)
buttercream
button-down (adj)
buttonhole stitch (n)
buttonhole-stitch (v)
buymanship
buy out (v)
buyout (n)
byproduct

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H

habanero
habitué
hacienda
half bath
half-circle
half day (n)
half-day (adj)
half hitch (knot)
half-lap joint
half-turn
half-wall
hand appliqué (n)
hand-appliqué (v)
hand-appliquéd (adj)
handblown (adj)
hand-carved (adj, v)
hand-cast (adj, v)
handcraft
hand-forged
hand-grained
handheld
handmade (n, adj)
hand-paint (v)
hand-painted
hand-painting (n)
handpicked
hand-piece (v)
hand-pieced (adj)
hand piecing (n)
hand-print (v)
handprint (n)
hand-quilt (v)
hand-quilted (adj)
hand quilting (n)
handrail
handsaw
hand-sew
hand stitch (n)
hand-stitch (v)
hand towel
handwoven
hangup (n)
hankie
Hanukkah
hardanger
hardboard
hard-boiled egg
hardscape
hardscaping
hardworking
harvesttime
hashtag
hatbox
hatpin
hat rack
headboard
headroom
headspace
head start (n)
health care (n, adj)
heartwarming
heat lamp
heatproof
heat-set (v)
heavy-duty
heavyweight (n, adj)
hemline
hemstitch (n, v)
hex-head
high chair
high-gloss (adj)
high-rise (n, adj)
high style (n)
high-style (adj)
high tech (n)
high-tech (adj)
hipline
hipped roof (not hip)
his-and-her (adj)
hodgepodge
ho-hum
hollowware
home builder
homebuilt
home buyer
home front
homegrown
home improvement (no hyphen as adj)
homemade
homemaker
homeowner
homeowners policy
home page
homesite
home-style (adj)
homeyness
Honey Bun (Moda fabric precuts; trademarked)
hook-and-eye fastener
hook-and-loop tape
hooray
hors d’oeuvre
Hors d’Oeuvre (when capped)
horsepower (don’t abbreviate in text)
hot-air balloons
hotbed
hot-glue gun and glue sticks
hotline
houndstooth
houseplant
how-to (n, adj)
hunt board
Hutschenreuther
HVAC (don’t need to spell out)
hypertufa

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Q

quadrant (restrict “one-fourth” usage)
quarry tile
quarter round (n)
quartersawn
quarter-turn
quartz (previously quartz-surfacing; updated 5/21/19)
Queen Anne (ruled 1702—1714)
Queen Anne Victorian (1900s style blending)
queen-size
quiche
quick and easy (adj)
quick-piece (v)
quick-pieced (adj)
quick piecing (n)
quid pro quo
quilting
quiltmakers
quiltmaking
Quimper
quoin
quoining

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