[lit-ideas] Re: Rubbernecking

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 15:33:01 -0700

> Has the word
reached the OED yet?


?verb (used without object)
1. to look about or stare with great curiosity, as by craning the neck or turning the head.
?verb (used with object)
2.      to gawk at: The tieup was due to drivers rubbernecking an accident.
?noun Also, rub·ber·neck·er.
3.      a sightseer; tourist.
4.      an extremely curious person.

[Origin: 1895?1900, Americanism; rubber1 + neck]

Robert Paul
Reed College

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