One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating a prim or affected facial expression or manner of speaking. In extended use: affected mannerisms, superficial accomplishments.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The British Weekly: a journal of social and Christian progress. A phrase notionally or actually spoken aloud in order to form the lips into an attractive shape.
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