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Topic: 5) Realty check (1 of 2), Read 53 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 1999 10:17 AM

Chris Rauchle, of Sydney, Australia, writes: "Do you know if there is a word for the activity of walking on the sidewalk and looking into the front yards of the houses you are passing by? I remember reading this word in a newspaper column some years back, but unfortunately didn't save it. This is not related to voyeurism, where people are the object of the person's gaze. Rather, it relates to looking at the house and the yard."

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Topic: 5) Realty check (2 of 2), Read 53 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Roger Gay (roger.f.gay@telia.se)
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 1999 10:49 AM

gardenEre?

It would seem that the word might properly be related to what you intend to accomplish by looking.

The word "voyeur" comes from French, literally one who sees. The Latin vidEre, "to see", is a forrunner to voyeur.

There is another word, "wit" that is akin to Old High German "wizzan", which means "to know". The Greek "eidenai" is to know, and "idein" is "to see".

Does that do anything to jog the memory?

PS I really think gardenEre would mean exactly what it looks like. To form a word meaning "one who looks at gardens" would be a bit more complicated.


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