There's a fun article over at the Boston Globe on 'not real words'. Slang has long been a part of language; it's part of how languages evolve. The writer's plea is for people to chillax (chill + relax) and not preface every usage with "I know it's not a real word...". I've worked with computers for a long time, and the tech industry is notorious for making up words, verbifying nouns, nounifying verbs and if all else fails, making a new acronym that worms its way into the language.
But even if you limit yourself to 'accepted' words, English is full of wonderful words. Two of my favorite word sites are WordSmith.Org, home of A.Word.A.Day, and The Word Detective, which is a fun place to learn about the origins of words and phrases, and embiggen your vocabularly while you're at it.
Like many fields, construction and architecture have their own vocabulary. Words like purlin, plinth and plenum. Or cricket, fenestration, clerestory and escutcheon. And they're not above genericizing words like skilsaw. So, dear readers and fellow home improvement bloggers, what are your favorite words from construction and architecture?