The term ‘Nosey Parker’ was said to come from the 16th century Archbishop of Canterbury, Matthew Parker, who seemed to take a very detailed interest in the lives of his clergy. But, the use of the expression did not surface until after his death.
Another explanation comes from the park-keepers or ‘parkers’ who were employed to patrol Hyde Park in the 19th century and make sure lovers did not get too amorous in the bushes!
A couple of parks in London could use a Nosey Parker or three! What on earth would they discover?
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