Here's some fun food for thought.
Would you say the word "gossip" is a Jackal term? Is there a difference between "gossiping" and talking about others?
I never thought of this before one of my guy friends said he found a girl in our group of friends to be a gossip, so he distrusts her (maybe wanting privacy and trust?).
Whereas her story is that she's just curious about what makes people tick, so she talks about the person she is confused about to other people, trying to get support from others in figuring out how said person(s) operate (maybe wanting to gain awareness and understanding?).
Google defines gossip as "casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true".
She would say she's just talking about others to figure them out. She also has said she enjoys talking about others because she likes being the one "in the know" in the group (perhaps a desire to matter?), or to protect her female friends from a guy in the group whose character is likely to hurt them (based on his historical track record) if they ever dated him (maybe she's intending to contribute safety and awareness?)
And yes, that chatter might sometimes include details that aren't confirmed as being true; sometimes they are speculations. But I'm guessing her intent isn't to spread stuff that isn't true, just that sometimes there's no way of confirming the truth of the matter, and its stuff she heard from others and her speculative interpretations.
Maybe when we are talked about, and it brings an outcome we don't desire, we call it "gossip".
I'm talking about my friends (above) and haven't yet confirmed that they still think the same way as when I last talked to them. Does that mean I am gossiping? Or could it be that I am just trying to figure out the nature of the way we in society (including my friends) categorize and think of things like "gossip"?
If the outcome (or fear of outcome) of talking about this stuff is undesirable to the people involved, maybe thats when its labeled "gossip". If being talked about brings a desirable or neutral outcome (or you dont fear the outcome) then maybe we label it as just "talking about people".