Grundyism

Grundyism /grun´deeıs∂m/.

1. (noun): a prudish adherence to conventionality, esp. in personal behaviour.
2. (noun, lowercase): an instance of such prudishness.

Origin 1830-40 – Mrs Grundy was a character in Thomas Morton’s play “Speed the Plow” (1798). Play and playwright are now forgotten, but the line »What would Mrs. Grundy say?« became proverbial.

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