Morning Song – You Should Hear How She Talks About You
“Gossip” has a negative connotation, which is odd considering its origins.
In Old English godsibb or gossip was the word for a godparent. It literally meant ‘a person related to one in God’ and came from god ‘God’ and sibb ‘a relative’, the latter word found in sibling (Old English). Gossip came to be applied to a close friend, especially a female friend invited to be present at a birth. From this developed the idea of a person who enjoys indulging in idle talk, and by the 19th century idle talk or tittle-tattle itself.
Some of that original flavor of gossip as conversation with a close friend who has your best interests at heart—also some of the flavor of the romantic hothouse that is the between-classes high school corridor—is captured in Melissa Manchester’s 1982 Grammy-winning “You Should Hear How She Talks About You”.