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 ScandalScan’dalum Magna’tum [scandal of the magnates]. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Tea. The reference is to the gossip held by some of the womenkind over their “cups which cheer but not inebriate.” Also called “Chatter-broth.”   1
        “‘I proposed to my venerated visitor, to summon my … housekeeper … with the tea-equipage; but he rejected my proposal with disdain… .’ ‘No scandal-broth,’ he exclaimed, ‘No unidea’d woman’s chatter for me.’”—Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak (Prefatory letter).

 ScandalScan’dalum Magna’tum [scandal of the magnates]. 


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