Tuesday, April 24, 2012

THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD GOSSIP

Today I was wondering about the word gossip. I decided to go to my books and do a little research. I was surprised by what I found out about the word.

The word gossip comes from the Anglo-Saxon word godsibb. The god in godsibb refers to "God" and the sibb refers to "a relation." The original meaning of the word gossip had to do with one person being bound to another by religious ceremony, or a religious sponsor.

According to its original meaning a sponsor in baptism would be a gossip.

The original meaning of the word is now obsolete. I think I like what it meant in the first place a lot better than what it has come to mean over a period of time.


G. L. J.

1 comment:

  1. It reflects exactly how much false truths lies in the words of a chain of people -O.S.

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