I recently found that I’m a
It’s okay. I’ve been called worse. A quidnunc is a nosy old man. And here I thought that I was just an interested observer of the human condition. I am fascinated by the most mundane of details about the people who I come into contact with – what their name means, and what ethnic background they come from. Even if I ask you a question which you refuse to answer because you feel that it is too personal, I still learn something about you.
Actually, a quidnunc is: noun
- a person eager to learn news and scandal; gossipmonger
a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody.
Origin of quidnunc
First recorded in 1700–10, quidnunc is from the Latin word quid nunc – what now?
Up until about a century ago, the upper social crust liked to study Latin and Attic Greek, the Classical Languages, and show off their education by scattering Greek and Latin terms into their conversations. That is largely gone now. Rapidly advancing technology leaves very little spare time to learn dead languages.
Quidnunc is now a seldom-used, archaic term. It originally applied to someone of any age, but matured to indicate only nosy older men. Aside from this blog-post, you may never run into it again for the rest of your life. If you do, it will almost certainly be applied to some old dude with suspenders, and his pants hiked up almost to his armpits, probably at Shoney’s at 4:00 PM, for the Early Bird Special.
Please stop back again soon. I’d like to play a game of Twenty Questions. 😉