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Gossip

See also Slander.
Gourmandism (See EPICUREANISM, GLUTTONY.)
Graciousness (See COURTESY, HOSPITALITY.)
assembly of women
symbolizes gossip in dream context. [Dream Lore: Jobes, 143]
Blondie and Tootsie
two characters continually gossiping from morning to night. [Comics: “Blondie” in Horn, 118]
Duchess of Berwick
rumor-jabbering woman upsets Lady Windermere. [Br. Lit.: Lady Windermere’s Fan, Magill I, 488–490]
Norris, Mrs.
Fanny’s aunt, the universal type of busybody. [Br. Lit.: Mansfield Park, Magill I, 562–564]
Peyton Place
New Hampshire town where everyone knows everyone else’s business. [Am. Lit.: Peyton Place, Payton, 523]
Sneerwell, Lady
leader of a group that creates and spreads malicious gossip. [Br. Drama: Sheridan The School for Scandal]
References in periodicals archive ?
Some 55pc of men said they gossiped at work, compared with 46pc of women, whose main topics were family feuds, followed by the latest storyline in EastEnders, old school friends, fashion errors and what neighbours are like.
In addition to its social function, gossip has consequences for individuals who gossip, those who hear gossip and those who are gossiped about.
Recently, within our own organization, a newcomer listened as we gossiped in a pub and commented in dismay, 'There's a complete subtext I just don't understand -- I've no idea what you are talking about
During the course of a year, the University of Groningen researcher questioned employees about how much they gossiped and what they would talk about.