1) Make a buzz-busting pact with your BFF. If she’s a secret spiller, reevaluate the friendship.
2) Avoid gossip and gossips in general.
3) Never gossipfy (embellish) gossip.
4) If you hear it, don’t repeat it.
If someone does proceed to gossip, act nonchalant
or disinterested, using lines like these:
*“Before you tell me anymore, I just want to say I really like (whomever) and would rather not hear about how she still wets the bed. PS—I, for one, don’t believe it.”
*“The history files called. They want their old news back.”
*“Really? I’ve heard just the opposite.”
*Take out your cell phone as if it’s vibrating. “Gosh, that’s interesting, but I really have to
take this call.” The gossiper soon get the message you’re not the one to dish with.
Beware: Gossiping might seem fun, but be assured that if someone gossips with you, he or she will turn around and gossip about you! Remember—you can have lots of friends and be popular without caving into gossip.