Posted By drsao on June 27, 2009
I love dictionary.com and every once in awhile I see a word that just makes me smile. QUIDNUNC is one of them!
Word of the Day for Saturday, June 27, 2009
quidnunc \KWID-nuhngk\, noun:
– 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?”
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!