Monday, June 27, 2011

Word Of The Day

pulchritudinous

The word is entirely new to FLG.

He came across it when he saw this article in Le Monde and then began searching for follow-up info on English language websites and found this write up:
It cited one of her Chinese male acquaintances as describing her as “anything but pulchritudinous.”

It strikes FLG as one of those random, archaic words that only people who have formally studied English as a second language would use. (Or extreme pedants.)

9 comments:

The Ancient said...

The word was once very commonly used -- mostly as "pulchritude." (One heard it in the repressed Fifties all the time.)

It went away once we began to live in a world where nothing was ever held back.

Andrew Stevens said...

I've used the word. My pedantry may be extreme, though. The word is a cognate for the Latin word pulchra, so it's probably more common among people who have studied Latin.

Withywindle said...

I use it because it's fun. Also, because my parents were adults in the 1950s.

Anonymous said...

Here's a quote of the day for you:

“It’s fun being in Islamic countries, to know there’s only one religion,” Prince told the Guardian. “There’s order. You wear a burqa. There’s no choice. People are happy with that.”

Mrs. P

Alpheus said...

Another good word, not wholly unrelated, is callipygian.

"One of her male acquaintances described her as 'anything but callipygian.'"

FLG said...

Alpheus:

Knew that word.

The Ancient said...

Young people are so fricking helpless:

Non-Pulchritudinous:

Audrey Hepburn
Catherine Deneuve
Bibi Anderrson

Pulchritudinous:

Bridgette Bardot
Liv Ullmann
Jane Fonda

Questions?

Withywindle said...

I question your canon.

The Ancient said...

Chacun à son goût.

 
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