Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A-Z Challenge Day 17

Posted Wednesday April 20

I only found one interesting Q word!
Quidnunc n. busybody, gossip



Hey, Peggy, Janet, come over here. I’m no quidnunc as you well know, but I have to tell you both this. Jack from number 12 said he saw that brazen hussy from number 32 scurrying through 23’s front door just after his wife went off shopping! Well, I had feeling something was going on, and Anne at 41 said the same. But I ask you, trotting up the road before number 23’s wife was barely out of sight really isn’t on, is it?

That’s not all. While I was hanging out the washing yesterday I couldn’t help noticing the shed in 19’s back garden was shaking and wobbling. It was obvious what was going on. I’m not one to be nosey, but I happened to have my binoculars with me so I thought I’d have a peep through the window. It was pretty steamed up, well it would be, but guess whose sweaty face I saw? No, not a garden gnome dear, it was her! You know, her. That tarty girl from 32 again. Yes, the same trollop that Jack from 12 saw going into 23 the other afternoon.

I’m going to have to tell the newly-wed in 16 to keep an eye on her hubby, what with that jezebel on the loose. And Peggy dear, you should warn 47 about her too. I'm told her husband's got a bit of a roving eye.

Actually Janet, you might like to watch your husband too. I wasn’t going to say anything, but your Richard goosed me in church the other day while we queuing for communion. Goosed dear, goosed. You know, pinched my bottom. Janet dear.... Janet....where are you going dear? Janet. Oh well.

Look Peggy, here comes Maggie from 25. Hello Maggie dear, did you hear what was going on in the house next to yours the other day? I'm no quidnunc as you know, but well, you won’t believe what Jack from number 12 told me....


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32 comments:

  1. The speaker can tell herself she's not a gossip, but she totally is!

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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  2. This is sadly such a true story of what happens with a group of women who have too much free time to stand around and comment on other women. It seems they never lift each other up but delight in tearing each other down and seeing just what they can stir up. Sadly so much of gossip has little foundation in the truth, and always innocent people end up getting hurt. Not everything we see or hear or think we know needs to be shared, and this story shows us why! Great job, Keith!

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    1. Amen to that Josie! Thanks once again.

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  3. I'm just thankful she is not in my neighborhood!

    betty

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    1. Interesting betty! I wonder what goes on in your street!

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  4. Too funny! I had a time coming up with a band for today other than the fabulous group Queen. Who hasn't heard of them? ~grin~ I still miss Freddie Mercury.
    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
    Have a lovely day!

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  5. Hi Keith - a great word topped with the run story - totally imagineable .. congratulations - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary - a bit of light relief for a change!

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  6. I am still laughing! Thanks for the giggles!

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  7. Hahaha... That's a good one Keith but God save us from such quidnuncs! :D

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    1. I'm pretty sure there's one in every street Shilpa!

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  8. Once upon a time I had just such a quidnunc as a neighbour. Thankfully I was too young to possess a husband then...

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    1. I'm sure would never have got up to anything naughty anyway!

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  9. You may have only found one new Q word, but you've woven into a great little funny story.

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  10. Oh my goodness I have customers like that. I need to remember that word :-)

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    1. I've met quite a few in all my years as a pub landlord!

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  11. That was a really fun read! Thanks for the laugh :)

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  12. Ha ha! Why do quidnuncs never realise that they're quidnuncs?

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    1. So busy quidnuncing that they don't notice I guess!

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  13. Curtain twitchers... Love 'em. Very funny.

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    1. they do keep people on their toes I suppose!

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  14. Too funny! People who say they aren't quidnuncs usually are!Maui Jungalow

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  15. Every neighborhood has one and they never understand why people look the other way and walk faster when they are spotted. Good word.

    @Kathleen01930
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    1. Yes, I know exactly who ours is - and it's not me!

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  16. LOL. Quidnunc - how do you pronounce that? Qui.. Argh, never mind. Calling them that to their face will only create more conversation. Entertaining flash fiction :-)

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