One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A type of fabric used in dressmaking and furnishing, probably a worsted or lightish stuff. Now historical and rare.
2Chiefly North American. A kind of decorative haberdashery tape (more fully "none-so-pretty tape"), often woven in two colours or patterned with simple motifs, and typically used to dress furnishings. Now historical and rare.
3Any of several garden flowers, especially (a) London pride, Saxifraga× urbium (now rare); (b) heartsease, Viola tricolor; (c) sweet william catchfly, Silene armeria. Compare "nancy-pretty". Now chiefly North American.
Early 17th century. From none + so [conjunction] + pretty.
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