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Agatha Christie

In a word: "tittle-tattle"

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  TITTLE-TATTLE However reluctant we may be to admit it, and however much we may regret it, much of today's journalism amounts to petty, idle gossip, scantily sourced trivial chatter. It shows in our obsession with celebrities, a broadly defined category, and it cheapens what passes for political discourse.  A word for that, tittle-tattle, has been around since the early sixteenth century, so the phenomenon is hardly novel. Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve...