The term “goody two-shoes," which originated from this story, is now generally an informal, derogatory term that is used to describe someone who does the following:
- Does good deeds, says kind words, and teaches moral lessons—and makes a big show of it;
- Always chooses the “good side” and avoids the “bad side”;
- Tries to behave better than anyone else.
Check out these sentences for references:
- Julie is such a goody two-shoes: she always tattles on her classmates to the teacher.
- My six-year-old cousin is a goody two-shoes: all he does is read classic novels, study Greek, and eat his vegetables.
- Don’t be such a goody two-shoes: reading the Harry Potter books isn’t going to corrupt your soul.