Arcane Vocabulary: Pulchritude

A very ugly word (PULL-kruh-tude) meaning a very pretty thing: physical beauty.  I tend to think of it as indicating a certain toothsome bustiness, but given that the word doesn’t come up much in conversation, I’ve never been very successful in checking my impression against those of others.  Thoughts, anybody?  What image does this word bring up for you?

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One thought on “Arcane Vocabulary: Pulchritude

  1. The word conjures up the image of a pompous, paunchy fop, dressed in satiny Renaissance clothing, complete with powdered wig.

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