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We're Giving GOSSIP A New Name!
By Brookie Brooks
Oct 1, 2002 - 11:41:00 PM

BEVERLY HILLS—Out of the hundreds of people that I have had personal conversations with over the last 14 months about our local newspaper and the name Canyon Gossip, I have had four of those people respond with a demand. "You must change the name!" "No one will read it!" "Everyone hates gossip." "canyon people are composed of celebrities and families in the industry and the last thing they want to read is gossip about someone." People will just not support your idea to save dogs if it is at the expense of others' reputations.

Photo by Jessica Griffiths/Canyon News
Well, I think not! I actually believe that everyone loves gossip and just about no one will admit it. However, you have the idea of what Gossip means all wrong!!!

Gossip as defined in the dictionary:

Can'yon also ca''on (k n y n): n. A narrow chasm with steep cliff walls, cut into the earth by running water; a gorge.

Gos'sip(g s p): n.
1. Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature.
2. A person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts.
3. Trivial, chatty talk or writing.
4. A close friend or companion.
5. Chiefly British. A godparent.

ru'mor(r m r) n.
1. A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.
2. Unverified information received from another; hearsay.

Well, we are a canyon, "a narrow chasm with steep cliff walls, cut into the earth by running water," I think?! If not, people that live here usually refer to it as "the canyon." I don't get much argument there. However, of the four people that complained about the name having a "bad word" in it, their complaint was the word "gossip."

Gossip is defined as rumor or talk of a personal, sensational or intimate nature. Well, we do talk about sex and that is pretty personal. We also talk about things like killing dogs and how intimate that is?? Hence our goal to build a no-kill shelter in 2003! That is very intimate and personal.

Well, what is rumor? Rumor is defined as "a piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth." Well, we have to admit that Canyon Gossip is not really all verified. We never claimed to be journalists and, starting out, we knew very little about all those unfamiliar words that we were later to incorporate into our vocabulary.  Words such as "proof," "copy" and a few others, which I have already forgotten since the last time I heard them.

Canyon Gossip is for the canyon readers to have a bulletin board, newspaper, community unit and such so we can resort to it for personal and intimate items.  Items such as our "He Said, She Said" article, or "Dear Lily," or unverified information such as "Mommy's Minute," "Bean Ball" and "McConnor's Corner." Talk or Rumor such as humor, ramblings and such.

Or you can consider us as the Brits do, as a "godparent." We are looking out after you as our children without bothering to change your diapers or deal with your teen years; we are simply there in case you need us. We will be looking over our canyon with the hopes of helping you by providing the information you need with the least amount of effort.

We will be glad to post wedding announcements, funeral arrangements, births or even letters to the editor. We are your neighbors and it would please us to be your friendly neighbors. If our paper could be of any assistance to any good causes, please tell us about them.

If you are looking for gossip about how Alicia Silverstone lost 25 pounds by running a marathon (which is completely unverified), then you are in the wrong paper. We will not ruin people's lives and we will not spread nasty rumors. So we intend to give Gossip a new name, one that it deserves. So enjoy our Events section, Classified Ads, news about construction, news about neat shops to go to and such, because there will be nothing nasty that might ruin your aunt Jane's reputation or your daughter's celebrity status.

Thank you for reading Canyon Gossip and as with most gossip, please spread the word!

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