Sometimes I find myself being curious about or reading through personal or internet drama, not out of true concern to the parties involved, but because it's entertaining. I find this somewhat shameful, because the issues are serious to others and not to me.

I am looking for something like "morbidly curious" without the connotations of death, or a "prurient" or "voyeuristic" interest without sexual connotations. I've used "indecorous" before, but I was wondering if there might be something more idiomatic. The part of speech it fills is not important to me, but ideally it would be something like:

Sorry if I'm being ____ [or my question is ____], but what did he say next?

  • Inquisitive? -wanting to discover as much as you can about things, sometimes in a way that annoys people – user 66974 Oct 8 '19 at 18:34
  • "Intrusive" or "impertinent" could work depending on the context. "Impertinent" suggests that the person asking the question has lower status while "intrusive" suggests a more equal or reversed relationship. – BoldBen Oct 8 '19 at 18:37
  • @BoldBen I really like "impertinent"! – Alex Oct 8 '19 at 18:39
  • How does curious sound? – 3kstc Oct 8 '19 at 21:25


Sorry if I’m prying - but what happens next?


excessively interested in a person's private affairs; too inquisitive.


  • +1 Or "I don't mean to pry, but what happened next?" – Jim Nov 8 '19 at 1:20

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