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merriam-webster.com:

(1) Word has it that the neighbors are moving next month.

My variants:

(2) Word on the street has it that the neighbors are moving next month.

(3) The word is that the neighbors are moving next month.

(4) The word on the street is that the neighbors are moving next month.

Is "word" in (1)-(4) countable or uncountable and why?

Thanks!

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  • It's clearly uncountable. There aren't multiple words on the street.
    – Barmar
    Jan 14 at 23:26
  • It's vague, but it's definite. It means "rumor" or "gossip" and is just as countable as those words -- i.e, maybe and maybe not, depending on context. What difference does it make, anyway? What depends on their countability? Jan 15 at 2:32
  • John Lawler, I'm just curious how to determine whether "word" is countable or uncountable here.
    – Loviii
    Jan 15 at 13:58

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