Gossip vs. Whispering

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Main Difference

The main difference between Gossip and Whispering is that the Gossip is a idle talk or rumor, especially about personal or private affairs of others and Whispering is a unvoiced mode of phonation.

  • Gossip

    Gossip is idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others; the act is also known as dishing or tattling.Gossip has been researched in terms of its origins in evolutionary psychology, which has found gossip to be an important means for people to monitor cooperative reputations and so maintain widespread indirect reciprocity. Indirect reciprocity is a social interaction in which one actor helps another and is then benefited by a third party. Gossip has also been identified by Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary biologist, as aiding social bonding in large groups.

  • Whispering

    Whispering is an unvoiced mode of phonation in which the vocal folds (vocal cords) are abducted so that they do not vibrate; air passes between the arytenoid cartilages to create audible turbulence during speech. Supralaryngeal articulation remains the same as in normal speech.

    In normal speech, the vocal folds alternate between states of voice and voicelessness. In whispering, only the voicing segments change, so that the vocal folds alternate between whisper and voicelessness (though the acoustic difference between the two states is minimal). Because of this, implementing speech recognition for whispered speech is more difficult, as the characteristic spectral range needed to detect syllables and words is not given through the total absence of tone. More advanced techniques such as neural networks may be used, however, as is done by Amazon Alexa.

    There is no symbol in the IPA for whispered phonation, since it is not used phonemically in any language. However, a sub-dot under phonemically voiced segments is sometimes seen in the literature, as [ʃʊ̣ḍ] for whispered should.

  • Gossip (noun)

    Someone who likes to talk about other people’s private or personal business.


    “Be careful what you say to him: he’s a bit of a gossip.”

  • Gossip (noun)

    Idle talk about someone’s private or personal matters, especially someone not present.


    “According to the latest gossip, their relationship is on the rocks.”

    “I have a juicy piece of gossip to share with you.”

  • Gossip (noun)

    Idle conversation in general.


  • Gossip (noun)

    A genre in contemporary media, usually focused on the personal affairs of celebrities.

    “a gossip columnist”

    “a gossip blog”

  • Gossip (noun)

    A sponsor; a godfather or godmother; the godparent of one’s child.



  • Gossip (noun)

    A familiar acquaintance.


  • Gossip (noun)

    Title used with the name of one’s child’s godparent or of a friend.

  • Gossip (verb)

    To talk about someone else’s private or personal business, especially in a manner that spreads the information.

    “blab|dish the dirt|spill the tea|talk out of turn|tell tales out of school”

  • Gossip (verb)

    To talk idly.

    “chat|chatter|chew the fat|chinwag|natter|prattle|shoot the breeze”

  • Gossip (verb)

    To stand godfather to; to provide godparents for.

  • Gossip (verb)

    To enjoy oneself during festivities, to make merry.

  • Whispering (verb)

    present participle of whisper

  • Whispering (adjective)

    that whispers

  • Whispering (adjective)

    associated with whispers

  • Whispering (noun)

    Something that is whispered; gossip; a rumor.


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