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In all the time I've known my best friend, he has never vindictively gossiped about anyone.
Other responses reflected mixed emotions about both the content and topic of the gossip; for example, the person being gossiped about, and the other person or people gossiping:
Some women ceased speaking to each other and those who did speak gossiped about their neighbors.
As Oscar Wilde once said, 'there is only one thing worse than being gossiped about and that's not being gossiped about.
Still, everybody knows that gossip can have its ill effects, especially on the poor wretch being gossiped about.