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nice-nellyism

[nahys-nel-ee-iz-uh m] /ˈnaɪsˈnɛl iˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
excessive modesty; prudishness.
2.
a euphemism:
an evasive style of writing, full of circumlocutions and nice-nellyisms.
Also, nice-Nellyism.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; nice nelly + -ism
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