Take a stab at this word, girls:


Say it aloud: puhl-kri-tood-n-uhs.

Say it three times, and try not to, well … gag.

Seriously, this just isn’t a very pretty word.

Any guesses as to its meaning?

I suspect you’re thinking something in this vein:

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But WAYYYYY off.


While pulchritudinous may not sound pretty, it actually means pretty.

Not pulling your leg, promise.

Pulchritudinous (go on, say it again) is synonymous with beautiful, physically attractive, comely.

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You get the picture.

Now, a dare:

Tell one of your good friends—you know, a Sister, a Farmgirl Sister, the kind that won’t unfriend you for little indiscretions—that she looks positively pulchritudinous today during this, our first annual Jubilee celebration.

Maybe say it with a little grimace, for effect.

Of course, after you stop giggling at her reaction,

you should probably tell her what it means.



Leave a comment 6 Comments

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I am not sure I can remember how to say the word once I quite looking at your explanation. Plus I would be willing to “bet the farm” that others would wonder what the heck I was talking about too! Today’s new word is a real stumper!

  2. Darlene Ricotta says:

    This is a good word, people will never guess what you mean!


  3. Cindi says:

    I’m going to have to start keeping a little notebook of these wonderful words ~ just so I can practice saying them

    • MaryJane says:

      I have fun saying pulchritudinal to my cows. It’s not really a word but it’s fun to say… “How are my little pulchritudinal bovine beauties today?” The accurate “nous” isn’t as much fun. It is accurate to say that my bovine girl, Miss Daisy, is a good example of pulchritude and graceful moo-vement.

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