Posted by Catherine on May 09, 2011 at 19:42
In Reply to: What would Prudence say? posted by David FG on November 14, 2010 at 19:15:
: : Hi just wondered if anyone knew of the saying 'What would Prudence say?'
: I don't know about the origin, but it seems to be punning on the fact that 'Prudence' is both a girl's name and the quality of carefulness and frugality.
In the USA there is an enduring advice columnist that goes by Dear Prudence. If I were to hear this spoken in much of where I've lived it would undoubtably be referring to this figure.