October 25, 2011
Tidbit Tuesday (Goody Two-Shoes)
I find it fascinating to learn the history behind phrases that we use. Interestingly enough many of them are derived from nursery rhymes. "Goody Two-shoes" actually came from a story written in the 18th century called The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes.
This story is about a girl named Margery Meanwell who was so poor she only owned one shoe. One day a rich friend came along and gave her a pair of shoes. She was so delighted she ran around repeating that she had two shoes. She became known to the other children as Little Goody Two-Shoes. She eventually grows up and marries a wealthy widower and becomes a wise teacher who helps others solve conflicts peacefully. This story has a similar theme to that of Cinderella where virtue is rewarded.