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Expository: Explain why rumors are harmful.


February 14, 2014 by Cameron

“Psst, did you hear?” Rumors are spread everyday behind peoples back. They don’t always cause physical pain but rumors can still be very harmful.
​One reason rumors can be harmful is the fact that they can easily be blown out of proportion, including even to the point of homicide. A shocking but true example are the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. Women were being unfairly killed because false rumors had been spread about them being ‘witches’. I cannot believe how dramatically rumors can affect someone’s life. The trials show rumors can be insanely over exaggerated.
​In addition, rumors might not always be true. For instance, I had heard a friend attending another school had been expelled. Though, when I consulted him, he had only been suspended. I had believed this rumor and was rather worried for him. Therefore, I know not everything I hear is completely true.
​As a whole, rumors can be harmful for multiple different reasons. Sometimes it pays to not be influenced. Just because you hear it, doesn’t make it true.


  1. rileyo312 says:

    I like the way that you used very explanatory words in your’e post. Rumors can be very harmful and you gave a great example.

  2. benp652 says:

    I wish rumors could just go away. It always makes me feel bad when other people are telling rumors about me and I’m guessing that’s how it is for other people too. I like how you put in some examples like the Salem Witch Trials.

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