Somebody called me a Gongoozler; should I be insulted?

September 14, 2016

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Well it depends on your interpretation. The Oxford English Dictionary describes a Gongoozler as “an Idle spectator”; so is that you?

 

But what of the word’s origin? Again the OED cites it as early 20th century (originally denoting a person who idly watched activity on a canal); rare before 1970: perhaps from Lincolnshire dialect gawn and gooze ‘stare, gape’.

 

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