y contrast, I first heard the the word twenty years or more ago, on California's freeway system, when it was used to describe the actions of people who slowed to get a good look at an accident. "Staring with an element of schadenfreude" is what I understood it to mean. In the comments section of the "Scotsman" article someone uses rubbernecking to mean something like, "being nosy" or "gawping at the nouveau riche." What's it mean to you?
My father has used the word "rubberneckers" to scornfully refer to drivers who are too busy looking at 'anything' else to drive and thus cause needless traffic jams. This 'thing' could be an accident, a flat tire or a white cow in a field of black ones. This has been the case for my whole life, I can probably remember him using it as much asa 37-8 years ago. paul