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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 1, 2021 is:

pulchritude • PUHL-kruh-tood  • noun

: physical comeliness

Examples:

The magazine features a photo essay of celebrities who are famed for their Hollywood stardom and pulchritude.

“Sadly, Renee’s judgment on Mrs. Appleyard’s baby’s pulchritude, or lack of it, turned out to be true—he was an ‘ugly little thing.'” — Kate Atkinson, Life After Life: A Novel, 2013

Did you know?

Pulchritude is a descendant of the Latin adjective pulcher, which means “beautiful.” Pulcher hasn’t exactly been a wellspring of English terms, but it did give English both pulchritude and pulchritudinous, an adjective meaning “attractive” or “beautiful.” The verb pulchrify (a synonym of beautify), the noun pulchritudeness (same meaning as pulchritude), and the adjective pulchrous (meaning “fair or beautiful”) are other pulcher offspring, but those terms have proved that, in at least some linguistic cases, beauty is fleeting.

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Ken Saunders is a freelance writer, gadget collector and Biohacker. Kens’ professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Technology, Food, and all things Freelancing. His articles have appeared in many online sites, including Lifehack.media, Andrew Christian, Alltherooms.com and Vocal.media.You can learn more about his services at http://www.ken-saunders.info.

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