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nice-nellyism

or 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.
Origin of nice-nellyism
1935-1940
First recorded in 1935-40; nice nelly + -ism
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