Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Gossip vs. Rumor

Gossip vs. Rumor
Rumors and gossip have similarly distasteful connotations, but researchers disagree about whether they are the same thing. Here's a rundown of different views on gossip and rumor:
  • They're the same.
  • Rumor is a specific type of gossip.
  • Gossip is based in fact, but rumors are based in hypotheses.
  • Gossip is a tool for maintaining social order, but rumor is a tool for explaining things that people do not understand.
  • Gossip relates something people believe has happened, but rumors express what people hope or fear will happen.

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