Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Who was the original Nosey Parker? We go back to Elizabethan times for the earliest link.

Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker had a reputation for prying into the affairs of others.

However, there is some doubt as to whether the word "nosey" would have been used in this sense back in the 16th Century.

Otherwise, it seems to have its roots in the early 20th Century. Compton Mackenzie used the expression to mean very curious in Carnival, his novel of 1912, in the line: "What of it Mr Nosey Parker?" This was two years after H G Wells used it in The History of Mr Polly.

WHO was Kilroy? The "Kilroy was here" graffiti dates from the Second World War.

James Kilroy was the senior shipyard inspector at the US forces shipping depot and he had to sign for all equipment assigned to European Theatre Operations.

GIs, accustomed to finding his name on virtually everything they used, started writing the phrase wherever they were based and it spread with the movement of US forces. …

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