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Aug 25, 2015
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lorelei
Paul Pry
boycott
chauvinism
lovelace

Paul Pry
The actor John Liston as Paul Pry
Art: George Clint (1770-1854)

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Paul Pry

PRONUNCIATION:
(paul pry)

MEANING:
noun An excessively inquisitive person.

ETYMOLOGY:
From a character in the comedic play Paul Pry by John Poole (1786-1872). Earliest documented use: 1826. Also see nosy parker.

USAGE:
“You must stop me if I begin to ask too much, or sound like an old Paul Pry.”
Molly Gloss; The Jump-Off Creek; Houghton Mifflin; 1989.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We have met the enemy and he is us. -Walt Kelly, cartoonist (25 Aug 1913-1973)

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