One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A schoolmistress (typically used with reference to a woman regarded as prim, strict, and brisk in manner)‘I gave an exasperated schoolmarm's laugh’as modifier ‘a schoolmarm hairstyle’
educator, tutor, instructor, pedagogue, schoolteacher, schoolmaster, schoolmistress, master, mistress, governess, educationalist, educationistView synonyms
- ‘Many black teachers were themselves once students of the typical Yankee schoolmarms.’
- ‘The schoolmarm changes her profession and becomes an outlaw, called Kissin’ Kate Barlow.’
- ‘The problem with me is that when I talk about my mission, I sound deadly serious because I'm a former schoolmarm.’
- ‘Maybe the cowboy in us prefers the saloon tart to the civilizing schoolmarm.’
- ‘But now she was standing behind the bench, looking down at me in a pose that was part schoolmarm and part Southern hanging judge.’
- ‘Notable and new, to me at least, was the spectacle of matronly gents dressing up as their mothers, aunties and schoolmarms in dowdy conservative outfits, cheerlessly dispensing disapproval over all.’
- ‘A follow-up commercial had a gray-bunned schoolmarm firing off a letter about the grammatical goof, only to be challenged with the jingle, ‘Whaddaya want, good grammar or good taste?’’
- ‘This credo of a particular order of comparative literature is like the hush of the schoolmarm enforcing a designed consensus at lesson's end.’
- ‘So did my New England Yankee public schoolmarms, but they and their policies have passed out of the culture and even the law.’
- ‘It was an ice cream float gone guileful, a schoolmarm with a swagger.’
- ‘The schoolmarm buried within me is clamouring to get out.’
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