Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Gossip, Do You Spread It?

I am sure we all spread the gossip in our daily lives. especially those of us with blogs. It has become so easy to talk about anything and too often that happens to be gossip.

Gossip is defined as:
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
gos·sip [gos-uhp] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation noun, verb, -siped or -sipped, -sip·ing or -sip·ping.
1.idle talk or rumor, esp. about the personal or private affairs of others: the endless gossip about Hollywood stars.
2.light, familiar talk or writing.
3.Also, gos·sip·er, gos·sip·per. a person given to tattling or idle talk.
4.Chiefly British Dialect. a godparent.
5.Archaic. a friend, esp. a woman.
–verb (used without object)
6.to talk idly, esp. about the affairs of others; go about tattling.
–verb (used with object)
7.Chiefly British Dialect. to stand godparent to.
8.Archaic. to repeat like a gossip.

[Origin: bef. 1050; ME gossib, godsib(be), OE godsibb, orig. godparent, equiv. to god God + sibb related; see sib1]

gos·sip·ing·ly, adverb

1. small talk, hearsay, palaver, chitchat. Gossip, scandal apply to idle talk and newsmongering about the affairs of others. Gossip is light chat or talk: to trade gossip about the neighbors. Scandal is rumor or general talk that is damaging to reputation; it is usually more or less malicious: The town never lived down the election scandal. 3. chatterer, talker, gabbler, rumormonger. 6. chatter, prattle, prate, palaver.

So, while not everything we talk about is considered gossip, that little piece I did about Lindsay Lohan and her rehab on my other blog, was deffinatly gossip. Gossip can be fine or it can be very, very hurtful to a lot of people so it needs to be taken very seriously and thought through very carefully. However, gossip can be a lot of fun as well. I know when Don was coming home, I gossiped about it to everyone but the important people, the ones that shouldn't know. I would not want to ruin the surprise.

But to get a good idea of the effects of gossip and what trouble or other it can cause, there is a cute new show premiering Wednesday, September 19th. It's called Gossip Girl and is a teen drama based on the novel series by Cecily von Ziegesar. It revolves around the lives of socialite young adults growing up on New York's Upper East Side attending an elite academic institution. It works through them dealing with sex, drugs, and other serious teenage issues. It centers mainly around, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), and their shared crush, Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford). As outsiders looking in, Dan (Penn Badgley) and Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) do not run in the same social or financial circles as their peers but are drawn into their lives nonetheless. The series is narrated by, "Gossip Girl" (voiced by Kristen Bell), who runs a website blogging about her fellow Upper East Siders consequently stirring the pot and feeding potential rivalries in this exclusive and vicious circle of friends. It sounds like it will be a great series with some really good life lessons, plenty of drama and loads of fun. I think this will probably be a hit for young and old alike. Maybe some of us "old foggies" can get a glimpse into the world our children are living in.

I will deffinatly be watching Gossip Girl on The CW on Wednesday night. Where will you be? If you do get a chance to watch it, drop me a comment and let me know what you think of it. What do you think of the picture of it? Funny, it reminds me of Grease. That is a little to telling of my age! **blushing**

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