Gongoozler – language and words in the news

Posted by on July 30, 2009

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2009 is the year of the staycation. Many of us will choose to spend our vacation in our own country rather than in a far-flung exotic location. And if you favour boats over trains and happen to live near a canal or port you may decide to do a spot of gongoozling and turn into a gongoozler.

This strange sounding and looking word, recently in the news, is not new at all. Originally it described a spectator of narrow boats and activity on canals in Britain (it comes from the Lake District), but over time it has turned into a description of idle gazing in general. Although its roots are in the UK there is evidence of the word being used in North America too as this blog suggests.

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