CR: Hi, Og.
OG: Hi, Crag.
CR: Have you seen Ob?
OG: No. What about him?
CR: He's claiming he's walking upright.
OG: Get out!
CR: Yup. Says he's evolved now.
OG: What a knuckle walker.
GK: Yes, gossip has been with us from day one. Recently anthropologists have found prehistoric art in a cave in South Africa. Cave paintings that date back 70,000 years and are an edition of an early tabloid magazine...
SS: Well, tribesmen, I just found out about a certain tribe elder who may not be the mighty hunter we thought. Turns out he's been spotting gathering on more than one occasion.
GK: About 700 B.C. the Greek poet Hesiod said "Gossip is mischievous, light and easy to raise, but grievous to bear and hard to get rid of," adding, "No gossip ever dies away entirely, if many people voice it: it too is a kind of divinity." So gossip preceded him and outlived him too.
SS: Did you hear about Shak and Ke-rah?
SS: Seems Shak's been hanging around Ke-rah's cave whenever Ke-rah is on a hunt.
TR: Really. And what's Cap, mate of Ke-rah, say about it?
SS: Well, she claims Shak is only there to help fashion weapons from stone.
TR: I'll bet. I wonder if she knows about the little Cro-Magnon that Ke-rah keeps in that love cave by the lake of Many Falls.
SS: I heard she did. But you didn't hear of from me.
GK: Hateful talk is bad, and words can wound, but as American poet Phyllis McGinley said in 1957: "Gossip isn't scandal and it's not merely malicious. It's chatter about the human race by lovers of the same." Anyway, that's what I heard...