Date: Fri, 22 Mar 1996 12:44:18 -0800
From: Sylvia Swift madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VIOLET.BERKELEY.EDU
Subject: Re: gapers' block
i don't know any specific terms for the slowdowns rubberneckers cause.
but i did notice just this morning that a local traffic reporter called
the people who cause such a traffic jam "looky lous" (lookey-loos? the
singular is looky lou. i don't know how to spell it. i always thought
of the second part of the term as a person's name, by analogy with nervous
nellie). i had previously only heard that term from people who work in
real estate. that's what they call people who have no intention of buying
anything, but turn up for open houses, etc., for the pleasure of looking at
other people's stuff.
madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]violet.berkeley.edu