One of the usual parts of the declaration in an action for slander. It is a general averment that the words complained of were spoken “of and concerning the plaintiff” or concerning the extrinsic matters alleged in the inducement and its office is to connect the whole publication with the previous statement. An averment that the words in question are spoken of or concerning some usage report. or fact which gives to words otherwise indifferent the peculiar defamatory meaning assigned to them.
Law Dictionary – Alternative Legal Definition
pleading. A discourse a conversation or conference. 2. In actions of slander, it is generally true that an action does not lie for words, on account of, their being merely disgraceful to a person in his office, profession or trade; unless it be averred, that at the time of publishing the words, there was a colloquium concerning the office, profession or trade of the plaintiff. 3. In its technical sense, the term colloquium signifies an averment in a declaration that there was a conversation or discourse on the part of the defendant, which connects the slander with the office, profession or trade of the plaintiff; and this colloquium must extend to the whole of the prefatory matter to render the words actionable.