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Word of the Day: ombré

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To add some flavor to your décor, try ombré, graudated colors in which stripes of gradually lighter shades blend into each other. The lampshade would be appropriate for different shades of a color. Because that’s really what the word ombré speaks to. In Italian, ombra is shade. Consider the umbrella, which shades you from the sun or the rain. Umbrage means taking offense, but it comes from the same word as ombré. But if you mistakenly leave off the accent mark, you end up with ombre, a card game in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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