Queuing up to be rediscovered today are :-
Quidnunc – 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!
“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 …”