“Great minds discuss ideas,
average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”
– Elenor Roosevelt

“Gossip is what no one claims to like – and everyone enjoys.”
– Joseph Conrad

“Gossip is a very dangerous tool.”
– John Lydon


rumor – an idea or opinion that people share, when the source and accuracy of the information is unknown (noun).

There is a rumor going around that…
Have you heard the rumor that…
It is rumored that…

(Notice that in the last example, ‘rumor’ is a verb. But the more common verb is ‘gossip’.)

gossip – rumors about a person (noun), a person who often shares personal information about others (adjective), and the act of spreading a rumor (verb).

What is the latest gossip?
Be careful what you say to Sam. He is a terrible gossip.
People are gossiping about Beth’s divorce.

Can you complete the sentences to learn expressions about gossip?

Do you know how to refense what other people have said in English?

Let’s review how to use Reported Speech.

Can you match up these vocabulary words? We will need them for the following video clip.

From the movie Doubt, 2008

1.) Why did the priest tell the woman to stab a pillow?
2.) What reasons does the priest give for why gossip is wrong?
3.) Why didn’t the woman collect the feathers?

READING: The Science Behind Why People Gossip – And Why It Can Be A Good Thing

Imagine that you write a celebrity gossip column. Make up some juicy gossip that will get your readers talking.

CONVERSATION QUESTIONS: Let’s practice speaking!