Language is a funny old thing. We take it for granted most of the time, but it’s incredible to think that countless people have come to almost the same understanding of what some randomly ordered letters refer to. It’s even stranger when you start looking at things like slang words, or words that were once on the tip of every tongue that no one even remembers anymore. Some of these words need to be brought back. Others need to be forgotten…


Even if you’re not a quidnunc, you probably know one. You can probably even use it fairly regularly at the office, saying things like, “Jim caught Janice from Accounting listening in on her conversation through the door. She’s such a quidnunc!”
A quidnunc is a person who has to know every little thing going on. They’re the ones who don’t seem to survive on food and air as much as on gossip (via Fine Dictionary), and gossiping is an occupation that’s as old as time itself. And speaking of occupation, it actually was one. The English Family Tree Association has assembled thousands of occupations from all over British history, and yes, you could be labeled a quidnunc. They say it refers to a person’s role as a politician in the more formal sense. That sounds right!
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