Important information that is not only for writers.
It is one thing to talk and discuss factually when necessary, but highly respectful people don’t engage in gossip because they know how hurtful gossip is to people, their reputations, and even to people’s livelihoods. Plus, gossiping can also result in being slapped with a lawsuit for slander or libel.
Gossip definition by Lexico
noun: casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.
synonyms: tittle-tattle, tattle, rumor (s), whispers, stories, tales, canards, tidbits; idle talk, scandal, hearsay;
verb: to …
synonyms: spread rumors, spread gossip, circulate rumors, spread stories, tittle-tattle, tattle, talk, whisper, tell tales, muckrake”
LIBEL and SLANDER DEFINED
“Defamation is an area of law that provides a civil remedy when someone’s words end up causing harm to your reputation or your livelihood. Libel is a written or published defamatory statement, while slander is defamation that is spoken by the defendant.”
The old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will not hurt me,” is often untrue for only the most secure, confident people who will not be greatly affected; however, even then the words will sting even if only briefly, because no one likes to be hurt by the words and actions of others.
KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER
Writer, Founder and President of Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle
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August 26, 2019