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Nosy Parker

刊登日期: 2021.01.15
作者: Grace Tse  

What is the dividing line between being curious and being nosy? A curious person is eager to explore new knowledge and desires to find out the answers to challenging questions. However, when a person gets overly curious in an annoying manner, he or she will be given a nickname " nosy Parker " or " nosey Parker " . A nosy Parker is always interested in the privacy of others and loves to hear gossip

In this colloquial phrase, the word " nosy " is an adjective, whereas the word " Parker " is a proper name. One of the popular legends has associated this person to Matthew Parker, the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Church of England in the 16th century. His job was to enquire into the lives of his clergy. 

Scholars are not certain about this origin of the surname. They are wondering why there was no written record of this phrase at all from the 16th century until 1890, when it first appeared in the Belgravia Magazine published in London: 

" You're a askin' too many questions for me, there's too much of Mr. Nosey Parker about you,... "  

好奇與「八卦」之間的分界線是甚麼?一個有好奇心的人熱衷於探索新知識,也渴望給具挑戰性的問題找出答案。可是,倘若一個人過分好奇,態度惹人討厭,那麼, 人們就會給他或她起個綽號:nosy Parker或nosey Parker。一個愛打聽的人往往對他人的私隱感興趣, 而且喜愛聽是非長短

在這個口語化短語中, 「nosy」是形容詞,而「Parker」則是專有名詞。其中一個流行的傳說把這個人聯想到16世紀英國聖公會坎特伯雷大主教馬修.帕克。他的工作是查探神職人員的生活。

學者們不能確定這個姓氏來源。他們覺得奇怪的是,為甚麼這個用語從16世紀到1890年之間完全沒有文字記錄?根據研究,這個用語於1890年初次出現在倫敦出版的《貝爾格萊維亞雜誌》: 

" You're a askin' too many questions for me, there's too much of Mr. Nosey Parker about you,... " 

  
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