vigilauntie (vij’el-aun’ti) (n.) The relative in every family who is snoopy and always poking her nose into other people’s business.
Vigilaunties are the type women who never really found their calling as a gossip reporter for US Magazine, or going into investigative reporting for some other more serious journalistic publishers. Every family has a vigilauntie, and they are rather sneaky in the ways they try to get their facts about what is going on in the family’s lives, even when she knows she should mind her own damned business. Gossip is like crack to vigilaunties. The more they learn things about stuff they really should not know, the more they want. Vigilaunties live in every extended family, across the globe, on every continent, in every race and creed, so there is no escaping them. They tend to be older, skillful women who have learned that age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill. They use this skill to their advantage, and once they get the information they nedd, then decide whether to use it or not. There most likely are lives across the globe, maybe even the galaxy, that might have been ruined by the vigilaunties. So be on your guard, and be just as vigilant in avoiding the vigilaunties. The reputation you save could be your own.