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)
educator, tutor, instructor, pedagogue, schoolteacher, schoolmaster, schoolmistress, master, mistress, governess, educationalist, educationistView synonyms
- ‘It was an ice cream float gone guileful, a schoolmarm with a swagger.’
- ‘This credo of a particular order of comparative literature is like the hush of the schoolmarm enforcing a designed consensus at lesson's end.’
- ‘But now she was standing behind the bench, looking down at me in a pose that was part schoolmarm and part Southern hanging judge.’
- ‘Many black teachers were themselves once students of the typical Yankee schoolmarms.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘So did my New England Yankee public schoolmarms, but they and their policies have passed out of the culture and even the law.’
- ‘Maybe the cowboy in us prefers the saloon tart to the civilizing schoolmarm.’
- ‘The schoolmarm buried within me is clamouring to get out.’
- ‘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?’’
- ‘The problem with me is that when I talk about my mission, I sound deadly serious because I'm a former schoolmarm.’
- ‘The schoolmarm changes her profession and becomes an outlaw, called Kissin’ Kate Barlow.’
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