For Sir Alex Ferguson to have called Manchester City (motto, superbia in proelio) ‘noisy neighbours’ he must have been sick of them. Not that he was thinking of them throwing a technicolor yawn or a big spit (as the Antipodean vernacular has it) since it’s hardly likely he was referencing (as the academic vernacular has it) the etymology of noise. Its origin via Old French noise (uproar) from Latin nausea (sea sickness, sickness, disgust) and Greek nausia/nautia (sea sickness) is sometimes questioned since ‘it is difficult to accept the disparity of both sense and form’ (Chambers Dictionary of Etymology). Eric Partridge (Adventuring Among Words p.27-8) vents his annoyance on the lack of imagination of those who couldn’t hear ‘the outcries of fear, groans and moans and retchings’ or the creakings, howlings,whistlings and other sea and storm noises, all of which give sea sickness its rich aural quality. No wonder ‘throwing your voice’ has a whole new (Antipodean) sense. Nausea is undoubtably noisy and noisome.
Noisome (offensive) may be an alphabetic neighbour, but it lost an initial a- (ME noye) and is in fact related to annoy (from Old French anoier). The Late Latin source appears to have been inodiare (to make loathsome) which was formed from Latin in odio esse (to be hated). Did Sir Alex find his neighbours odious, noisome, nauseating or noisy when they won the league? Their superbia (pride) and noise must have been hard to swallow.