I suppose an opposite process sometimes unfolds and a word previously unusable because of its tight associations ... Two other examples are “pulchritude” and “puissant.” Pulchritude comes to us directly—incomplexly—from the Latin pulcher ...
“Transformers”: Robot warriors of the Tea Party attack
There’s a general feeling of distress and bewilderment to “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Michael ... (There are nearly no gratuitous shots of female pulchritude in this movie, and the only suggestion of actual sexuality is a disturbing ...
Wordsmith: The Beguiling Gifts of Ali Smith
notes that pulchritude is “part of a tiny elite cadre of words that possess the opposite of the qualities they denote. Diminutive, big, foreign, fancy (adj.), classy, colloquialism, and monosyllabic are some others.”). I now associate these words with ...
On the Value of Advice from Successful People
Presumably, a 9 would tend to be attracted to a 10 ... it turned out that she was looking for the perfect man.” When we look at the opposite sex, there is no internal mechanism that adjusts our perception to match our own appearance.
The Operating Room Is Her Studio
"People say I am masochist and that is the opposite. "I consider the operating room to be my studio." And in this studio, she is attacking Western notions of beauty and the male patriarchy that idealizes feminine pulchritude, attacking them by surgically ...