A funny thing happened . . .
I went to Starbucks this evening to read and write for a bit. There was a pair of comfortable chairs with an end table between them and since they were empty, I put my book and journal on one of them to claim it while I went to order my drink. A couple minutes later when I came back, there was a guy sitting in the other chair and my books had been moved from the chair to the end table between them. That seemed odd, but I just sat down in the chair as I had planned to. The guy asked, “Oh, were you sitting there?” I answered, “Yeah, are you expecting someone?” He said he was and that he'd just sit elsewhere. He was polite about it and there was another pair of comfortable chairs available, so no big deal really; it just seemed awkward to me. If I saw books in a chair, I would presume someone was sitting there. Maybe he thought someone had forgotten them? Or that they were just the coffeeshop's books for the public?
What do you think? Am I missing something obvious here?
Why do we say that?
If someone is eavesdropping, why do we say they're being “nosy”? Shouldn't it be “earsy”?