Three days in and I’m chatting and the like – it’s a popular past time and freely indulged across the planet. To excess sometimes it seems to this old woman. Taking a stroll around town or sitting in a cafe, people are chatting away on their mobile(cell) phones. They are not always solitary beings either! Anyway on with the words.
Communication: from the Latin communicat to impart, share
Impart, transmit (information, news)
Share in, partake of
Enjoy in communion
Make and or maintain social contact
Convey and or exchange information
Joining two – such as rooms with one door
The communication business nowadays is immense straddling the world and beating the colossus hands down! We all have opinions as to whether this instant, constant, frenzied at times, communication is a force for good or otherwise. However, it is so.
I wonder, sometimes, just what those early days of news exchange were like. It needs huge leaps of imagination to visualize a world of just a few thousand. Wandering through emptiness and then meeting, at a watering hole, another group wandering through emptiness. What news, information what gossip would they have indulged in?
If it was a friendly meeting, probably pretty much as now I’m thinking, the women would discuss, their men disparagingly or not!, their babies, how beautiful or naughty they were, where the best root vegetables were to be found and admire or be spiteful about others apparel. The men would discuss their women,how beautiful or not, the girl next door, her attributes, how strong/brave/clever they, the men, were, they would admire maybe a new design in flint axe. They would exchange news about nasty neighbours bent on warfare, and warn of man eating animals. I do not think, despite our ever increasing shiny toys, we have changed very much over 200,000 years when it comes to a good old natter!
Gossip: Old English godsibb
A godfather/mother or sponsor
A familiar acquaintance / friend esp. a female and esp. invited to be present at a birth
Someone who habitually indulges in idle talk, groundless rumour, tittle tattle (love that phrase!) informal, unrestrained talk/writing
Networking sites are the same as those watering holes!
For my blog on history of communication go look see my A-Z contribution on kissafrog