I love a good gossip | Hannah Jane Parkinson

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Hannah Jane Parkinson

Whether it’s about football transfers, relationship scandals or Westminster feuds, gossip is a glorious tool of social bonding

Gossip has a poor reputation (have you heard?). But I am going to argue in favour of this pastime, first coined by – who else? – Shakespeare.

Yet another victim of the social quicksand of the pandemic, which has dissolved the kind of commonplace interactions we now realise we took for granted, harmless gossip is a glorious tool of bonding. It’s not only me who thinks this. Prof Robin Dunbar, whom I trust implicitly not only because he heads up a fancily named department at Oxford, but because he is a fellow Liverpudlian, is of the same opinion.

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