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Tuesday, January 07, 2003

quidnunc

\KWID-nuhngk\ , noun;
1.
One who is curious to know everything that passes; one who knows or pretends to know all that is going on; a gossip; a busybody.
Quotes:
What a treasure-trove to these venerable quidnuncs, could they have guessed the secret which Hepzibah and Clifford were carrying along with them!
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables
Some wretched intrigue which had puzzled two generations of quidnuncs.
-- L. Stephen, Hours in Library
Origin:
Quidnunc comes from Latin quid nunc?, "what now?"
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