The Truth About Gossip

“Gossip” came to mean the talk itself between close friends, but even then it only meant light-minded or trivial talk in a third or fourth sense of the word.

By: Beth Gutcheon

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “gossip” is a variation of “god-sib,” short for “god-sibling,” meaning “one who has contracted a spiritual affinity by acting as sponsor at a baptism.” It was used that way in writing in the year 1014, and continued to be commonly used that way until well into the 19th century. A “gossip” was a godparent to a child. A child’s two …

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