In Reply to: Nosey parker posted by James Briggs on March 10, 2010 at 11:05:
: : : I was surprised not to find the origin of the phrase "nosey parker" here. Does anyone know its etymology?
: : Nosey Parker: noun, mainly British. An inquisitive person. 1907 -. D. Craig All nosey parkers in this street (1974 ). [Said to have been applied originally as a nickname to a man who spied on courting couples in Hyde Park, London .]
: : (From The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang in English Language Reference)
: Here's Michael Quinnion's take on the phrase.
And, closer to home, there's mine: