April 25, 2024


cur-mudg-eon (cur-muj’un), n. [origin unknown] 1. archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man. 2. modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

“None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them.”
— Charles Caleb Colton

“Even doubtful accusations leave a stain behind them.”
— Thomas Fuller

“Gossip is always a personal confession either of malice or imbecility.”
— Josiah Gilbert Holland

“What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.”
— Edgar Watson Howe

“There isn’t much to be seen in a little town, but what you hear makes up for it.”
— Kin Hubbard

“Knowledge is power if you know about the right person.”
— Ethel Watts Mumford

“A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.”
— Ouida

“A little public scandal is good once in a while. It takes the tension out of the news.”
— Beryl Pfizer

“What some invent, the rest enlarge.”
— Jonathan Swift

“That which is everybody’s business is nobody’s business.”
— Izaak Walton

“Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.”
— Walter Winchell

“The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.”
— Will Rogers

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