A quidnunc is “a person eager to learn news and scandal”, or in other words, a busybody, gossip or nosy parker. It comes from the Latin quid nunc? (what now?) [source].
If you are a quidnunc, then you could be said to be quidnunctious and maybe you engage in quidnuncery (irresponsible rumourmongering).
I heard this word discussed on the Something Rhymes with Purple podcast, and thought I’d write about it.
Do you know any other words that come from phrases like this?
What would you call a quidnunc?