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Late time Nellie

Posted by Smokey Stover on August 02, 2005

In Reply to: Late time Nellie Posted by Jean Skopec on August 01, 2005

: question: I was wondering if you have ever heard the phrase "late Nellie" or "late time Nellie", refering people who are habitually late arriving or sending back replies etc. ??

The expression "nervous Nellie," a generic term for a woman worry-wart or for anyone, man or woman, who gets cold feet or hot sweat as a sign of anxiety, is pretty common. But "late Nellie" and "late time Nellie" lack the alliteration and I've never heard these phrases. SS

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