During most people’s school years, they will experience rumours. One person says something and before you know it, it’s one giant game of ‘Chinese whispers”. it goes around a wide majority of people and places. Sometimes it’s stupid little things that people can ignore but other times it’s something it is the complete opposite. This can have a massive impact on people’s everyday lives. But do we actually know what rumours are?
The Oxford Dictionary definition of a rumour is: “a currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth”. Uncertain or doubtful. That is the important part. If you don’t know if something that you have been told is actually right, then why pass it on.
Some people class starting a rumour as a form of bullying. This is because some rumours are created and manipulated with the intention to harm. People manipulate stories or create stories to get what they want out of someone.
However, rumours can also b a good thing. This can be shown through one particular band from the 1970s. Fleetwood Mac released an album in early 1977 entitled “Rumours”. This album was written and recorded whilst the band were struggling with relationship breakups and other interpersonal strife between band members. This caused a lot of unrestrained behaviour between the members. It also helped them though to create songs that were written from the heart. All of this went on to create an album that would later win: the Grammy award for Album of the Year in 1978, Diamond certificates in several countries including the USA, Canada and Australia, as well as Platinum and Gold certifications. It also sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Fleetwood Mac made the best out of a bad situation and it granted them an opportunity that nothing else could buy.
So next time there is a rumour going round about you or someone you know, do the right thing and use it to your advantage.
Lots of love,