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The word ‘Gossip’


We at SamsKoncept at times bring a word to talk about. Our word for today is ‘GOSSIP’, kindly read along to know more about this word called ‘GOSSIP’

Gossip! Yes, gossip in universal. In some languages, it may have an outright negative connotation but in English, it means ‘idle talk’, chat about trivial things or matters. When moderate and kind ‘casual talk’ may serve to exchange useful information as a means of updating one’s knowledge. The whole Neighbourhood may grow gossipy with who got married, pregnant, died, or it may just be a humorous chit-chat devoid of malicious intent.

However, idle talk more often than not degenerates beyond the bounds of propriety and good taste. Facts get established, exaggerate or deliberately distorted. Humiliation is made the source of humour, privacy is violated, confidence betrayed and reputation injured or ruined. Condemnation takes the place of commendation, murmuring and fault finding are extolled. The result is like the mud thrown on a clean piece of white cloth. It does not stick but it leaves a dirty and sometimes permanent stain behind.

Gossip has been blamed for sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion. Certainly, it must have caused you some personal anguish at one time or the other, that is someone must at some time have tried getting a knife between your shoulder blades. Negative gossip is almost universally frowned upon. Among the Indians in the United State, gossiping about someone is classified as lying and stealing. Among the Yoruba of Nigeria, the talebearer is detested and often avoided. Indeed, throughout history, measures have been taken to curb this deadly disease. Between the 15th and 18th centuries, the ducking stool was popularly used in England and Germany and later in the United State.

The gossip was tied to a chair and repeatedly dunked in water. In modern times, the war against gossiping has also been fought. Rumour control centres have been established to respond to rumours that were potentially harmful to government activities. Laws have been passed to curb gossip. Nicknames have been given to those who peddle the trade. Ever heard of Amebo!

Such efforts notwithstanding, gossip survives, it is alive and flourishing. Gossip is everywhere. There is neighbourhood gossip, office gossip, shop gossip, party gossip, family gossip and funnily enough, religious gossip. Gossip transcends all cultures, races, and civilizations, and it has flourished and is still flourishing at every level of society. Gossip is deeply a part of human nature. Yet gossip is not inherently evil. There is a positive side to casual talk. Knowing where to draw the line between harmless and harmful gossip is the key to avoiding victimizing others and being a victim yourself.

From your point of view, what can you say about this word, ‘GOSSIP’.

Kindly drop your comments below.


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