“Gossip is never fatal until it is denied. Gossip goes on about every human being alive and about all the dead that are alive enough
“Nobody has a good name in a bad mouth. Nobody has a good name in a silly mouth either. ” Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons
A generous confession disarms slander. (Dictionary of English Proverbs/Thomas Preston) Personally, I think no response at all is better. It’s no one’s business what I
“Like every false rumor, it gained credibility while being repeated, and before long it was practically a fact.” John Grisham, The Accused
“It is not gossip that you must worry about, only the days when you are not worth gossiping about.” Alys Arden (The Casquette Girls (The
People up to no good are eager to hear gossip. Liars pay very close attention to slander.