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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Something bruited about is rumored, passed by word of mouth, exclaimed upon. In its native French, bruit, for ‘noise’, is pronounced as “bruee”, but in English it is a homonym with “brute”—except when referring to a noise heard during medical auscultation: that is still a bruee. The homonymy, combined with the risk of simple elision, make the auscultation of “bruted about” fraught. Bruted is perhaps most credible as an eggcorn when referring to brute nonsense.