One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the region's farmers are insular and puritanical’
moralistic, pietistic, strait-laced, tight-laced, stuffy, starchy, prissy, prudish, puritan, prim, priggish, Victorian, schoolmarmish, schoolmistressy, old-maidish, narrow-minded, censorious, sententious
austere, severe, spartan, ascetic, hair-shirt, abstemious
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