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    'small talk' and 'gossip'

    As callers join a phone conference and greet one another, it's a usual practice to make some small talk before addressing business matters.

    1) What does it mean of 'small talk'?

    2) What are the differences between 'small talk' and 'gossip'?

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    Re: 'small talk' and 'gossip'

    'Small talk' is conversation about things that aren't very important, so before getting down to business, they will ask how the other person is, the weather, etc. 'Gossip' is talking about people behind their backs, usually when passing on information, correct or incorrect, about something bad, embarrassing, etc.

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    Re: 'small talk' and 'gossip'

    Just to expand on Tdol's answer a bit...

    Examples of small talk (in a face-to-face situation, not necessarily a conference call):
    "Hello, how are you?"
    "So, what do you do for a living?"
    "How about this weather?"
    "How is your family?"
    "You came all the way from X? How was the traffic?"

    Examples of gossip:
    "Did you hear about Y? Supposedly she's been having an affair with Z's husband."
    "Q should sue her plastic surgeon, did you see that horrible facelift?!"
    "I thought that was B's granddaughter, not his date!"

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