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nice-nellyism

or nice-Nel·ly·ism

[ nahys-nel-ee-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈnaɪsˈnɛl iˌɪz əm /
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noun

excessive modesty; prudishness.
a euphemism: an evasive style of writing, full of circumlocutions and nice-nellyisms.

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Origin of nice-nellyism

First recorded in 1935–40; nice nelly + -ism
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