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RUMOR. A general public report of certain things, without any certainty as to their truth.
     2. In general, rumor cannot be received in evidence, but when the question is whether such rumor existed, and not its truth or falsehood, then evidence of it may be given.

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If the Rumormonger starts swapping stories with you, say only good things about your colleagues and excuse yourself as quickly as possible.
He then analyzes Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Massacre at Paris, and Edward II in terms of male rumormongers and failures of earwitnessing.
Talking to Sindh chapter of PPPP Parliamentarians, on Tuesday, he said that all rumormongers should forget any minus one-two-three-four formulas, as the government would definitely complete its five-year tenure under any given circumstances, and would never run away.
These are terrific programs and the companies should be congratulated for their efforts to stymie the rumormongers, gossip girls and purveyors of untruth, even though this approach does sound a little bit like what they do in Iran and China.
He predicts that Tantawy's opinion will stir controversy, saying it will open the door to rumormongers, "which is not acceptable in Islam and can cause rifts within the community.
Evidently, rumormongers were unfamiliar with the resurrections of Sherlock Holmes, Bobby Ewing, and even Superman, who was killed and brought back in 1993.
She realised that as a monarch, her freedom, independence and privacy would be both curtailed and exposed [and] it would be difficult, if not impossible, to keep disagreements from either a very watchful press or an army of rumormongers.
And the Blaenau Ffestiniog-based band stresses their headlining appearance at next month's Teny Ddraig gig at the Faenol festival is anything but the farewell performance some rumormongers have made it out to be.
The station will probably be presenting another "Smooth Christmas" and the rumormongers have the station changing to "Urban Oldies" once the holidays end.
Every town has its fanatics, drunks, gossips, and rumormongers.
The fact that I'm not married has led many people to speculate, but I'm not going to be dragged into the gutter by these rumormongers," he declared.
12) Muller's predictions quickly spread throughout Europe; fascinating the emperor Rudolph II, an amateur astronomer, panicking Philip II to jail astrologers and rumormongers, and causing the sailors preparing the invasion of England to desert the Spanish fleet.