Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The region of simpletons; noodles or simpletons collectively.
“And he had over Byron this further advantage: his noodledom was not a matter of common knowledge; whereas Byron's vulgarity had ever needed to be in the glare of the footlights of Europe.”
“Still, noodledom was nearer than vulgarity to dandyism.”
“We either evade the concrete moral demands, or we deny the noetic effects of sin - that is to say, all the ways our minds and senses are screwed up until he goes to work on us - when we come to some passage that violates our latest cherished canons of philosophical or scientific noodledom.”
“Repression and mystery, he considered wholesome for girls; and he considered the enlightening of them -- to some extent -- a prudential measure for their defence; and premature instruction is a fire-water to their wild-in-woods understanding; and histrionic innocence is no doubt the bloom on corruption; also the facts of current human life, in the crude of the reports or the cooked of the sermon in the newspapers, are a noxious diet for our daughters; whom nevertheless we cannot hope to be feeding always on milk: and there is a time when their adorable pretty ignorance, if credibly it exists out of noodledom, is harmful: -- but how beautiful the shining simplicity of our dear young”
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