Eavesdropping is a serious skill.
The sense of 'healthy' curiosity often feeds creativity and story-telling, some have argued.
Presenter Eusebius McKaiser asked listeners to share their tales and tips when it comes to listening in on people's conversations.
If I hear or see nearby commotion when I'm in a car, I will recline my chair and take my phone and use it in selfie mode to see and hear what's happening outside.— Ayanda, caller
Normally I don't like eavesdropping. Okay, I'm lying...— Siya, caller
I go to this coffee shop and buy the newspaper and sit there "buried in it", but I don't read a thing. I sit there and listen to the crooks. I just love it! I can't concentrate of crosswords at the coffee shop.— Trish, caller
I don't mind eavesdropping, I do it myself. But what I don't like is when people hear you and want to come and talk to you about what you said... I find it so intrusive.— Tumi, caller
One of my favourite things is eavesdropping. It's a skill I developed when I was a teacher and I had to hear what was happening at the back of the classroom... I like to sit in a restaurant and listen and I love to fill in the blanks.— Michelle, caller
Take a listen to various responses:
@Eusebius my friend husband like ease dropping ,the other day we knew he was standing behind the door we open the door nd he fell— Thobile Motsumi (@mphoetsile) February 7, 2017
I don't eavesdrop. People just speak carelessly around my listening ears. https://t.co/53riwTQVQC— Rams Mabote The Kingmaker (@RamsByTheHorns) February 7, 2017
@Eusebius In IsiZulu they say the ear is promiscuous— Aubrey Matshiqi (@MatshiqiAubrey) February 7, 2017
@Eusebius ears do not have a lid or cover. Sometimes You eavesdrop even when you don't really want to.— sam mashiloane (@sam_mashiloane) February 7, 2017
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Listeners spill the tea and share stories on eavesdropping