Call it the recent experience with rumours or whatever, I have interested in the source of rumours. There are seevral possibilities. I will post them as and when I can think of them or come across them. As of now, my contention is that the sources are specific kinds of people. Later, this view might be modificed, but for now this is what I think. So, various sources will actually be about the different kinds of people who originate rumours. And probably certain circumstances which trigger them to start a rumour.
Here is the first one.
Of course I know everything about everyone
These are the first kind of people, who originate rumours. So, you are talking about something/someone. Suddenly there is a question for which there is no answer – no body in the group knows for sure what had happened, who was there or something like that. But hey, no! There is one person who knows for sure. Come on! He/she is not as uninformed as the rest of the world about the things. It’s just not possible that he does not know everything. So, there is an answer and a confident one too… Of course, *that* is what had happened. *That* person is the one involved. And the whole point of “knowing” things is to elicit a “Wow” from people. So, you better ensure that the answer is a sensational one. There you go! Who can stop the rumours now?