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What word was contracted to coin the goody in the phrase Goody Two-Shoes

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Answer: Goodwife

The phrase Goody Two-Shoes denotes a pious person; it was derived from the name of the title character in the book The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes (1766).

[Evidently the book has just been optioned as a Home Box Office mini-series starring Mary Hart.]

The term Goody is a shortened form of Goodwife, a 16th century equivalent of Mrs..


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