Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

Nosey Parker

Last night I looked up the origins of the phrase "nosey parker". I vaguely hoped that the phrase was derived from the character Charles Parker in Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, as I admire the way in which popular fiction of the 1920s in a number of genres introduced so many cool ideas and words into the mass culture.

In fact,though the architecture was more "artist unknown" than "mystery novel Gaudi".
Wikipedia suggests it could be a long-dead Archbishop of Canterbury, apparently particularly concerned with, of all things, the sanctity of one vestment versus another, or it could be a derivation of "nose poker", which sounds like a rather interactive card game, but in fact is a reference to folks who poke their noses where they don't belong.

From time to time, I feel more than a bit "nosey". Today is one of those times.
Although in many ways it's more useful to just read journals and learn what the journalist wishes to share, I sometimes want to cut to the chase.

I have questions. Do you have answers?

They may be inane or incisive. They will rarely be sensational. They may require a one word answer or a few paragraphs. I may have one. I will not have more than five-ish.

You may answer in the comments, in your own journal, or not at all.

But I hope you'll answer, as it's more fun when you do.

I'm reading, and I have questions.

Would you like to supply the answers?

If so, just indicate as much in the comments, perhaps with "fire away".
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