What's up, Abby? You heard a lot of gossip when you served tea to a group of ladies in the 19th century?
Mrs. Blanchard actually has grey hair but uses hair dye regularly so no one can tell?
You're hoping they weren't gossiping about you when you were in the kitchen getting everything ready for the afternoon tea?
The Oxford English Dictionary states that the earliest recorded use of the word was in the 11th century, but it's meaning was totally different than it is today. The word gossip referred to a child's godparent and started off as "godsibb" or "god sibling". Because godmothers often assisted with childbirth and were present in most women-only events, the word became synonymous with women who talked ... a lot.
In the 16th century, gossip related to only friendships, but today, gossip emerges as: "conversation or reports about other people's private lives that might be unkind, disapproving, or not true; someone who enjoys talking about other people and their private lives", according to the Cambridge English Dictionary.
By the 19th century, which is when, as we all know, you currently exist, gossip is in regular use. It is considered delectable and titillating.
And now you know.