I just wondered why so many people call 'Looky Looky' men 'Lucky Lucky' men?
I used to think it was just a case that people may have misheard them but it seems about 70% of people call them 'Lucky Lucky' men.
A totally unimportant question but just wondered if anybody knows why so many people call them by this name?
You can tell I'm bored tonight
I'd never class them as lucky nor us for having to endure them
either way does it for me...and either way they are still sooooooo annoying. In naama bay Gav was going to wallop one of them..he was about 15 at the time and this guy literally had hold of my arm trying to drag me to look at the tat he was selling..and they would not take no for an answer, they didnt like being ignored..whatever method i tried...so Gav turned abit aggressive and they backed off!
I guess they have a living to make but some are little better than beggars...
Usually if you smile nicely and shake your head they just move on without bothering you - the ones that DO annoy me are the people who come into the restaurants and leave those cheap plastic toys and keyrings on your table along with a typed note then come back and look pleadingly - I find they can be quite intrusive!
Its the scratchcard guys and SOME of the PRs I find to be too "assertive" in their manner and on an occasion in Tenerife one insulted us because we didnt go into his bar
I guess you learn something new every day here
Well Ive always thought of them as "lookie lookie" men and to be honest I think of them as separate from the "scratchcard touts" in that they dont bother me - I sort of see them as part of the holiday now! - to me they are the guys walking around with armfuls of watches, sunglasses and general tat!
I agree, Lookie lookie men are a completely different species than the cucarachas that walk around with scratch cards.
I always thought that the term came from the accent of these street traders ( whether they be legal or illegal is irrelevant) their 'African accent' when trying to speak English turn the words 'look here" into one word.
They were so desperate for a sale, and to either catch your attention or keep your attention, they would ALL say " look here" it seemed like they had all learnt just those two words.
The "here" bit got tagged onto the word "look"...it came out as something like loooook eer, with the 'here' bit not pronounced correctly and to the European ear sounds like lookie.
Hard to explain in the written word, but orally I could get it over what I mean.
How it got from 'lookie' to 'lucky' I think that is just the mishearing of the word lookie and being interpreted as lucky.
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