{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} A rumor or rumour (see spelling differences) is "a tall tale of explanations of events circulating from person to person and pertaining to an object, event, or issue in public concern".<ref name=definition>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> However, a review of the research on rumor conducted by Pendleton in 1998 found that research across sociology, psychology, and communication studies had widely varying definitions of rumor.<ref>Pendleton, S.c. (1998), 'Rumor research revisited and expanded', Language&Communication, vol. 1. no. 18, pp. 69-86.</ref>

In the social sciences, a rumor involves some kind of a statement whose veracity is not quickly or ever confirmed. In addition, some scholars have identified rumor as a subset of propaganda.

Rumors are also often discussed with regard to "misinformation" and "disinformation" (the former often seen as simply false and the latter seen as deliberately false, though usually from a government source given to the media or a foreign government).<ref>from Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989</ref> Rumors thus have often been viewed as particular forms of other communication concepts.

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