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#159615 - 05/08/06 06:19 PM What's the word for ...?
mandy Offline
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I know it's a bit late for this topic, but if anyone can help me track down a particular word, it'll bet you can.

Once, while on a walking tour of London, the guide used the term that everyone suffers, the compulsion we have to peer in the windows of other peoples houses.

No not 'peeping tom'.

You know if your walking down a street, especially at night when it's dark, if there's a house with the curtains open, one cannot help but look in as they pass by. You don't stop to look, but as you're passing, if you can see in you look. As I said, the tour guide mentioned the term for this & I cannot for the life of me remember what it is.

Can you help?

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#159616 - 05/08/06 07:58 PM Re: What's the word for ...?
TEd Remington Offline
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voyeurism
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#159617 - 05/08/06 07:59 PM Re: What's the word for ...?
TEd Remington Offline
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And I don't know about the law in England, but it is common law here in the United States that windows are for looking out of, not into.
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#159618 - 05/08/06 08:30 PM Re: What's the word for ...?
tsuwm Offline
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that's as may be; but here's a word more specific to the question, and probly wrong as well:

cryptoscopophilia - the urge to look through the windows of homes you walk past

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#159619 - 05/08/06 09:36 PM Re: What's the word for ...?
inselpeter Offline
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Registered: 03/14/01
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It is transparent. Windows are for looking out of by day and into by night. Curtains are common law.

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#159620 - 05/08/06 10:40 PM Re: What's the word for ...?
Elizabeth Creith Offline
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Registered: 03/22/05
Posts: 500
Loc: Northern Ontario, Canada
Quote:

It is transparent. Windows are for looking out of by day and into by night. Curtains are common law.




And, in an urban area, common sense.

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#159621 - 05/09/06 05:46 PM Re: What's the word for ...?
WhitmanO'Neill Offline
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peepingtommery...?

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