The word gossip seems like such an ambiguous term, as I was genuinely unaware that people also apply it to the sharing of positive and casual information.
My own personal definition, which seems difficult to define, would one be rooted in the betrayal of trust and a nefarious intent. I feel that most people gossip in a desire to be admired for there access to private information, and on it travels it usually distorts grotesquely and most often hurts people.
I find no harm in sharing such things as â€œGuess who's just had a babyâ€ - â€œGetting marriedâ€ or todays â€œI read in the newspaper that so and so was in court last Friday, for drink drivingâ€. I would see these more as the â€œNewsâ€ that bonds, informs and gives strength to the commonality of a community, rather then the Gossip that primarily sets to reaffirm any negative and distractive associations towards a person.
I try my best not to gossip (despite many moments of war with myself) and never reveal things shared in confidence (which having previously being on the other side of a sharp tongue, I know it's not a pleasant experience).
My word of silence means a lot to me, especially as some carry the lesser heard sounds of my life and I'd rather not set fires, then complain I'm burnt.
Of course seeing as we are human things are rarely black and white, and the line can be difficult to draw, but the important thing seem to be, that we at least try.