Talk of the town

Talk of the town is a surprisingly old idiom. We will examine the meaning of the idiom talk of the town, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

The talk of the town is the person or information that is of particular interest in an area and is being discussed by most people. The talk of the town is a current subject, and may be informational or it may simply be gossip. The expression the talk of the town came into use at least as early as the 1600s. The phrase is found in the Diary of Samuel Pepys written in 1661: “Though he be a fool, yet he keeps much company, and will tell all he sees or hears, so a man may understand what the common talk of the town is.”

Examples

WHO did it, however, has been the talk of the town for the past 94 years. (Hartselle Enquirer)

While Bennett was looking to find out what was on the mind of possible voters, one story continues to be the talk of the town – the $11.7 million funding to fast track the expansion of the privately-run Green School in Oakura, as part of the Government’s shovel-ready initiative. (Taranaki Daily News)

She was the talk of the town then and she rolled the floor with the initial push as Lynch became the biggest women’s wrestler in the WWE. (The Hindustan Times)