The speculation—something casual fans are mostly unaware of—has spread from the blogosphere to the mainstream.
speculation that the two are now set for a longer term relationship is rife, but it may be wide of the mark.
Beard does admonish the tendency of both academics and popular authors to present speculation as historical truth.
speculation is now rife that either “business interests” or foreign secret services—most probably Russian—are behind such efforts.
speculation has already surfaced that the President might jet back to Copenhagen if a deal is within reach a week later.
The brave will reject such unmanly, such fatal refinements of speculation.
I regret that I wasn't here in those heroic days of speculation.
He believed his brother was fairly well off, and he knew that he had made a good amount by speculation in the last year or two.
But I forget that speculation about the new life is not writing the history of the old.
The city of Centralia became alive with gossip and speculation about this new move on the part of the employers.
late 14c., "contemplation, consideration," from Old French speculation, from Late Latin speculationem (nominative speculatio) "contemplation, observation," from Latin speculatus, past participle of speculari "observe," from specere "to look at, view" (see scope (n.1)). Disparaging sense of "mere conjecture" is recorded from 1570s. Meaning "buying and selling in search of profit from rise and fall of market value" is recorded from 1774; short form spec is attested from 1794.