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Hi

I need a word for a situation.

If a (very) unexpected incident takes place (a person becomes suddently rich or a wife walks out on her husband) and that incident is kept a secret. People have no idea what’s happened, but as time passes, there start_______________________ about the incident.

[I mean the state before rumours...hushed talks kind of thing]

Could you offer me a good word for a situation like this please? What about:

Hushed talks

Undercurrent feelings

Insinuation

1) There's a lot of hushed talk that he has won a hefty lottery.

2) There is a lot of insinuation that she has left this house forever--and her illness is just an excuse.

3) There's an undercurrent feeling (feelings?) that he has pawned his house.

Many thanks for your time,

Tom
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Hi,

I need a word for a situation.

Have a look at the word 'speculation'.

If a (very) unexpected incident takes place (a person becomes suddently rich or a wife walks out on her husband) and that incident is kept a secret. People have no idea what’s happened, but as time passes, there started to be _______________________ about the incident.

[I mean the state before rumours...hushed talks kind of thing]

Could you offer me a good word for a situation like this please? What about:

Hushed talks 'hushed' often suggests that people are afraid to speak more openly

Undercurrent of feelings focuses on emotions

Insinuation focuses on indirectly suggesting an unpleasant interpretation

1) There's a lot of hushed talk that he has won a hefty lottery.

2) There is a lot of insinuation that she has left this house forever--and her illness is just an excuse.

3) There's an undercurrent feeling (feelings?) that he has pawned his house.

Best wishes, Clive
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Many thanks, Clive.

So, this is correct and natural?

There is a lot of speculation that he has won a hefty lottery.

Tom
Hi,

So, this is correct and natural?

There is a lot of speculation that he has won a hefty lottery prize.

Yes.

Clive