St. Paul didn’t like it. Moses warned his people against it. Hesiod declared it "mischievous" and "hard to get rid of it," but Oscar Wilder said, "Gossip is charming."
"History is merely gossip," he wrote in one of his famous plays. "But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality."
In past time, under Jewish law, gossipmongers might be fined or flogged. The Puritans put them in stocks or ducking stools, but no punishment seemed to have-the desired effect of preventing gossip, which has continued uninterruptedly across the back fences of the centuries.
Today, however, the much-maligned human foible is being looked at in a different light. Psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, even evolutionary biologists are concluding that gossip may not be so bad after all.
Gossip is "an intrinsically valuable activity," philosophy professor Aaron Ben-Ze’ev states in a book he has edited,
A. gossipers will surely become gossipers someday.
B. Socrates was a typical example of a gossiper becoming a gossiper.
C. Plato escaped being a victim of gossip by no gossiping.
D. an easy way to confront gossip when subjected to it is to live as usual.