Discuss the meaning of the term innuendo.

[Law of Torts] – There may be a statement containing an allegation which apparently is no imputation, may be proved by the plaintiff to have an imputation under the special circumstances of the case. So, where the words are not defamatory in their natural and ordinary meaning, or where the plaintiff wishes to rely upon an additional meaning in which they were understood by person having knowledge of particular facts, then an innuendo is required. This is a statement by the plaintiff of the meaning which he attributes to the words and must prove the existence of facts to support that meaning. If such facts do not exist, the innuendo fails and may be struck out of the statement of claim.

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