I think word is out among the staff about the takeover

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Mark: "I think word is out among the staff about the takeover. Another suck-up bouquet. (giving a bouquet of flowers to W.)
W: (reading the slip that goes with the bouquet) "If you wanna suck up L. you should've known I hate pionies."

Could you tell me what "word" means in this context. "Rumor"?
  • panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    word - noun (3) - new information about specific and timely events; "they awaited news of the outcome"

    In this context, word is about the same as news.
    "word is out" = some information has been released.


    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    Yes, "rumor" would be reasonable equivalent in this context.

    However, there are a couple of differences in nuance. "Word is out" suggests that what is said is true; "there is a rumor" suggests that what is said may not be true, though it could be. "Word is out" also implies that something that only a few people once knew about is now being generally discussed. A rumor might be something that someone figured out and passed on, or guessed, or even stated wrongly.

    Edit: Panjandrum's suggested "news" is better.
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