Metropolitan Man-about-Broadway

vkhu

Senior Member
Vietnamese
At the moment I caught him he had spread wide open the inner page of the Daily Metropolitan, a sheet devoted almost exclusively to sports and the amusement fields.

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"It is hinted to the Metropolitan Man-about-Broadway, by those in a position to know but who cannot yet be quoted, that Fortune Features is about to absorb a number of the largest competing companies."
The newspaper's name is Daily Metropolitan, but why is it referred to as Metropolitan Man-about-Broadway?

Source: The Film Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The capitalisation suggests that Man-about-Broadway is a regular gossip feature in that paper.

    The term is adapted from the phrase man about town – an old-fashioned idiom meaning “a fashionable male socialite” (Oxford’s definition).
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    The capitalisation suggests that Man-about-Broadway is a regular gossip feature in that paper.
    To me it also suggests that it's a specific person employed by the newspaper who writes that column. He's referring to what his secret sources told him, perhaps when he was out and about at a party or other social function.
     
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