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A rumor or rumour is often thought as myth or tall tale surrounding a person that might or might not be true. However, a review of the research on rumor made by Pendleton in 1998 found that research across sociology, psychology, and communication studies had made definitions of rumor.[1] The word rumor became known during the 1920s and was used as propaganda.


  1. Pendleton, S.c. (1998), 'Rumor research revisited and expanded', Language& Communication, vol. 1. no. 18, pp. 69-86.