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    Which is correct in the following to indicate a person who looks at the moon?

    moonwatcher, moonlooker, moongazer


    Thanks very much!

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    Moongazer is the form I have heard used.

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    I had never heard moongazer, but I believe I have heard stargazer.

    :)

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    Maybe it's BE, but I have. Google suggests it isn't common- only 3,500 hits.

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    moongazer

    The first two I ran across were for company names. The third was a Japanese website. The fourth was an Internet nickname. The fifth site had no "moongazer" on it. (What's up with that?) The sixth was the name of a painting. (It's on sale at that website.) The seventh is that Internet nickname again. The eighth was another name for a painting. The ninth was an Internet username. The tenth one didn't have a "moongazer" on the page. (What's up with that?) I decided to change my search parameters.

    I tried "is a moongazer" and got nothing.
    I tried "am a moongazer" and I got two hits--both by the same person.

    For "am a stargazer" I got 47 hits. For "is a stargazer" I got 133 hits. (A couple are a name of a flower, but others refer to people.)

    According to Google, "moongazer" isn't used much in actual conversation. (At least a couple of the hits for "moongazer" were phony. Is that cheating? )

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