blue-stocking

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Why, it takes all the fun out of life to be a blue-stocking!

I never meant you were a blue-stocking, dear, so don't look vexed.

Yes; but you mustnt think that Katherine is a blue-stocking.

Meanwhile we have lost sight of our blue-stocking friend, Mdlle.

I suspected she had no children and had made herself a blue-stocking.

A blue-stocking, a theologian in petticoats; perhaps an agnostic.

For such a blue-stocking, Letitia was doing wonders, it seemed to me.

She was a bit of a blue-stocking and dabbled in theology and philosophy.

There was nothing of the blue-stocking or the doctrinaire about her.

See what it is to be a blue-stocking and have a love of letter-writing!

WORD ORIGIN

also blue-stocking, 1790, derisive word for a woman considered too learned, traces to a London literary salon founded c.1750 by Elizabeth Montagu on the Parisian model, featuring intellectual discussion instead of card games, and in place of ostentatious evening attire, simple dress, including Benjamin Stillingfleet's blue-gray tradesman's hose which he wore in place of gentleman's black silk, hence the term, first applied in derision to the whole set by Admiral Boscawen. None of the ladies wore blue stockings. Borrowed by the neighbors in loan-translations, cf. French bas-bleu, Dutch blauwkous, German Blaustrumpf.

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