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Entry from June 06, 2015
“Gossip columnist—One who writes other’s wrongs”

A jocular definition of a gossip columnist is:

“Gossip columnist—one who writes other’s wrongs.”

The definition has been cited in print since at least 1964. It’s not known where the joke originated.


Google Books
Braude’s Treasury of Wit and Humor
By Jacob Morton Braude
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
1964
Pg. 233:
Gossip columnist: one who writes other’s wrongs.

Google Books
November 1969, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 82, col. 4:
Gossip columnist — One who writes another’s wrongs. — Charles Carroll, Pittsburgh, Pa.

16 October 1990, Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA), “The Bishop’s Mantle” by Jim Bishop, pg. 11, col. 2:
Gossip columnist: one who writes others’ wrongs.

The Sundance Times
1 November 1990, Sundance (WY) Times, pg. 14, col. 1:
A gossip columnist is one who writes another wrongs.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Specialty Puns of the Weak 10-20-04
Stan Kegel
10/20/04
(...)
Gossip columnist: One who writes other’s wrongs.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Saturday, June 06, 2015 • Permalink