Did you hear about …?


Queuing up to be rediscovered today are :-

11111Quidnunc – an inquisitive, gossipy person

Quoth – said (as in I/he/she quoth)

Quean – an impudent girl or woman

I rarely dig up tales from the past but this story, one I wrote four years ago, fitted the bill perfectly so here it is – albeit in a considerably shorter version! 



440101-Royalty-Free-RF-Clip-Art-Illustration-Of-Cartoon-Women-Talking-Gossip“Hey, Peggy and Janet, come over here. I’m no quidnunc as you well know, but I have to tell you this. 

Jack from number 12 quoth that the brazen hussy from number 32 scurried through 23’s front door just after his wife left for the shops early this morning!

Well, I had feeling something was going on, and Anne at 41 said the same. 

That’s not all.  While I was hanging out the washing yesterday I noticed the shed in next door’s garden shaking and wobbling.   It was obvious what was happening. 

I happened to have my binoculars with me so I was able to peep through the window.  It was pretty steamed up, well it would be, but guess who’s sweaty face I saw?  It was her! You know, her.  That quean from 17, with the skirt so short you can almost see  … well never mind. 

We really should tell the newly-wed in 16 to keep an eye on her hubby, what with that jezebel on the loose.  And Peggy dear, you should warn 47 about her too.  I’m told her husband’s got a bit of a roving eye.

Janet, I don’t know how to tell you this but last Saturday your Bill peered down my blouse at my, ahem, assets.  Perhaps you should … Janet dear… where are you going … Janet!  Oh well.

Look Peggy,  here comes Maggie from 25. 

Hello Maggie dear, did you hear what was going on at number 33 the other day?  I’m no quidnunc as you well know, but  …”


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43 thoughts on “Did you hear about …?

  1. Christine Goodnough Apr 20, 2020 / 02:08

    What a quagmire on that street! And with her always on the qui vive and eager to blab, I fear quarrels aplenty.

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  2. Sadje Apr 20, 2020 / 03:31

    What an amusing story. Very unusual word today. Only quoth was familiar

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  3. Unishta Apr 20, 2020 / 06:36

    This seems to be a veritable scandalous street ! The quidnics must be thrilled with so much grist for the mill.

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  4. Frédérique Apr 20, 2020 / 09:18

    Haha, some people have just nothing else to do than watching other poeple living 😉

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  5. Arti Apr 20, 2020 / 09:50

    A famous Indian film, Sholay, had a character by the name of Basanti who went around saying how she’s not fond of talking too much but—you guessed it—she spoke too much. Your post reminded me of Basanti today:)

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  6. hilarymb Apr 20, 2020 / 10:35

    Hi Keith – trust you to keep the gossiping up … those Qs will now get way too many As … take care and a fun read – Hilary

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  7. Srivalli Apr 20, 2020 / 12:53

    Ha! Definitely not a quidnunc; just being considerate about others, you see. 😉

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  8. Shweta Suresh Apr 20, 2020 / 13:30

    Not a quidnunc at all! Great story as always Keith. I got all of them somewhat right today! 🙂

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  9. Balaka Apr 20, 2020 / 13:37

    Ha ha ha..this reminds me of few neighborhood women whose only job is to spread these kinds of rumors. Extremely relatable. I have heard such obnoxious gossips in my life. Great post as usual. Your posts never fail to lift my spirits. Thank you.

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  10. Kathe W. Apr 20, 2020 / 15:40

    I guess asking these folks to behave would be rather quixotic of me? Clever tale- see ya tomorrow!

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  11. Anagha Yatin Apr 20, 2020 / 17:17

    Juicy tales more imaginative than factual, I suppose. Cooking stories is something all these ladies are deft at!

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  12. Deborah Weber Apr 20, 2020 / 22:08

    I think someone needs to remind everyone on scandal street to mind their ps and qs. 🙂

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  13. Stu Apr 20, 2020 / 23:57

    This was fun. It could have been an episode of “Keeping Up Appearances.” Fun story, Keith.

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  14. msjadeli Apr 21, 2020 / 01:13

    And that’s just how it goes, and each time it’s passed on it changes a wee bit. Normal Rockwell did an illustration of gossip being passed on that is quite humorous. If only we could see our own faces when we give and receive it, we might not be so quick to engage in it, but then again….

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  15. Suzy Apr 22, 2020 / 09:16

    I can think of a few Quidnuncs. I think every family has one. But this one tops them all!

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