This week I read about psychological research which proved that three-quarters of our conversations consist of gossip. Other researchers concluded it was more likely to be fourteen per cent. Social psychology isn’t science, it’s a rather sophisticated form of astrology.
Let me come clean: I haven’t inherited this trait. I regularly gossip to my heart’s content. I simply tell the truth. I would like to make it clear that the persons mentioned in this column are disguised. They will recognise themselves but I’ve altered a few details. Actually it’s much worse.
I haven’t even mentioned the well-known writer who emailed a friend with something awful about another writer. By accident he sent the email to all his friends, including the other writer.
But do you know what’s rather odd?