I read this word for the first time recently. Or maybe I only noticed it for the first time, but I feel I’d have remembered a word like pulchritude. Do you know what it means? If not, pause and take a guess (no peeking!) To me, it sounds like a cross between puke and mulch. Neither of these evokes something lovely or beautiful. And yet…that’s exactly what it means! It’s from the Middle English and means physical beauty. Really. As in, Nicole Kidman is a radiant example of feminine pulchritude. In researching this word, I came across some fun websites, such as this tumblr site, Poisonous Pulchritude. And this blog, Pulchritude Fest. Check ‘em out. And I dare you to say this word aloud to a beautiful woman or man and see if they give you a quizzical look.