Mrs. Grundy, a teacher in Archie Comics, [wa]s inspired by the original Mrs. Grundy

Bob Montana/Jackpot Comics, 1941


MEANING: noun: An extremely conventional or priggish person.

ETYMOLOGY: After Mrs. Grundy, a character in the 1798 play Speed the Plough by Thomas Morton. Mrs. Grundy never appears on the stage, but her neighbor Dame Ashfield constantly worries about “What will Mrs. Grundy say?” Earliest documented use: 1813.

MRS GROUNDY - feminist equivalent of Punxatawney Phil; looks for signs of Spring on Groundhog Day

MRSA GRUNDY - a particularly virulent strain of Methicillin-Resistant Staph. Aureus

NRS GRUNDY - the first name considered for the nurse in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, later discarded if favor of Nurse Ratched