This isn't a question that I'm entirely ignorant of an answer to, but through the years I've struggled to give a concrete, concise and biblical definition to it. And how (as pastors) do we articulate the difference between harmless talk and gossip so as to leave our hearers without excuse. Gossip is so insidious because it can be so easily disguised (e.g. as passing along information, expressing "concern," making a simple "inquiry," &c.). This makes identifying gossip sometimes like nailing Jello to the wall. What are some the things some of you do to both avoid yourselves and stop the mouths of those employed in it? P.S. I put it in the "Church Order Forum" because I see this as a matter of church discipline.