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Why gossip is good for you

Gossip has traditionally had a bad reputation, but a convoluted series of experiments carried out in the US have demonstrated the mental physiological benefits of gossiping. The study focused on “prosocial” gossip that warns others about untrustworthy or dishonest people, as opposed to the voyeuristic rumor-mongering about the ups and downs of tabloid celebrities. Gossip […]

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Elizabethans The Four-Letter-Word Champs

Broadcasters are often accused of promoting obscenity through the increased use of bad language on TV. However, new research from the University of Warwick reveals that the language of public name-calling, or ‘street theatre’, in early modern England was full of foul sexual insults that are far more lewd than today’s broadcast media – and […]

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