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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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