[lit-ideas] Re: Rubbernecking

  • From: Judith Evans <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 19:41:25 +0100 (BST)

I've been reading the Australian blogs too, but taken
time out to follow the real local talent contest,
Cardiff Singer of the World.  
--- David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Online resources are divided:  the
> freedictionary.com agrees with Judy 
> and the Scotsman, "to look around or survey with
> unsophisticated 
> wonderment or curiosity," whereas
> urbandictionary.com, "a slang 
> dictionary with your definitions" (with--why
> not?--polling) stresses 
> the car theme that Paul mentions.  Has the word
> reached the OED yet?  
> Webster's?
> I think we may here be seeing English changing.  I
> would guess that 
> British people, my father included, thought
> "rubbernecking" an 
> interesting term and extended the meaning.

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