People who spread rumors

Discussion in 'English Only' started by NHHL, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. NHHL Senior Member

    Singapore-English
    - What do you call people or a person who spreads news, rumors or claims that are not true at all?

    Thanks very much,

    NHHL
     
  2. Beryl from Northallerton Moderator

    British English
    You might call them a gossip, or a rumour-monger, or a gossip-monger.
     
  3. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    New York
    USA - English
    ... or a scandalmonger.

    Whether either "advertising executive" or "political candidate" also fits here is another matter.:D
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
  4. fuzzy logician Junior Member

    English - UK
  5. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod

    It seems to me that claims are not in the same group as news or rumors. It depends on what you mean by "claims", I think, and how outlandish the claims are. If I sell sea water in bottles and claim it is a cure for cancer I am a fraud or a huckster.
     
  6. natkretep

    natkretep Moderato con anima

    Singapore
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Or hustler?

    Rumour-monger was the first word that came to mind.
     
  7. alex_ln Senior Member

    Polish
    Do people spread rumors and gossip?
     
  8. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod

    Yes, they do, unfortunately. "Spread" is the correct verb. You can also say they pass on rumors and gossip. If they are starting the rumors or gossip you can say that they sow rumors and gossip (as in sowing seeds in a field).
     
  9. fuzzy logician Junior Member

    English - UK
  10. Tazzler Senior Member

    Maryland
    American English
    The Yiddish word "yenta" is also used.
     
  11. Fabulist Senior Member

    Annandale, Virginia, USA
    American English
    Yes, but we don't have "rumor/rumour spreaders" in English, as far as I am aware. If you want to keep to rumors, you are pretty much stuck with rumor-monger. Britain has other kinds of mongers like iron-mongers, but in the U.S. we only have rumor-mongers.

    Note that this one of those words in which AE had dropped a "u": AE rumor, other E rumour.
     
  12. natkretep

    natkretep Moderato con anima

    Singapore
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    No fishmongers in the US?
     
  13. Cagey post mod

    California
    English - US
    As you can see, there are a lot of possibilities. Please give us specific context. Who is spreading false claims, and what kind of claims are they? We need a sentence and more information. ;)

    As far as I know, all our fishmongers are in folk songs. We buy fish at fish markets, or seafood stores, or places like that.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2011
  14. ribran

    ribran Senior Member

    Austin, Texas
    English - American
    Hi natkretep,

    I wouldn't say that fishmongers are unheard of in the United States; instead, I would say that our relative unfamiliarity with the term stems from the fact that it is a rare neighborhood, at least in Texas, that has a fishmonger's. We usually buy fish at supermarkets.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2011
  15. Fabulist Senior Member

    Annandale, Virginia, USA
    American English
    I think we have about as many fishmongers as we have ironmongers.
     

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