Saturday, June 27, 2009

quidnunc: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

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Word of the Day for Saturday, June 27, 2009

quidnunc \KWID-nuhngk\, noun:

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.

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

Quidnunc comes from Latin quid nunc?, "what now?"

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