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Question #1277 posted on 11/04/2003 4:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where did they come up with the name "goodie-two-shoes" for girls who are practically perfect?

In honor of my "goodie-two-shoes" friend

A: Dear Friend of Goodie-Two-Shoes,

From worldwidewords.org:

"It comes from the title of a rather twee and moralistic nursery tale called 'The History of Goody Two-Shoes,' which is thought to have been written by Oliver Goldsmith, and which was published in 1765 by John Newbery, one of the earliest London publishers of children's stories. Goody owned only one shoe. When she was given a pair of them, she was so pleased that she showed them to everybody, saying 'Two shoes'. The phrase now refers to a self-righteous, smugly virtuous person."

A: Dear In honor,
Also check the archives on 18 April 2002.
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