Ferne McCann backs petition to remove 'Essex girl' from the Oxford English Dictionary

Published Wednesday, Oct 26 2016, 19:41 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Ferne McCann is backing a petition to get 'Essex girl' removed from the Oxford English Dictionary.

Former TOWIE star Ferne spoke out in support of Juliet Thomas and Natasha Sawkins, who are campaigning to get the definition scrubbed.

Ferne McCann backs campaign to get Essex Girl removed from dictionary - 26 Oct 2016

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As of now, the dictionary defines Essex girl as: "Essex girl n. [after Essex man n.] Brit. derogatory a contemptuous term applied (usu. joc.) to a type of young woman, supposedly to be found in and around Essex, and variously characterized as unintelligent, promiscuous, and materialistic."

Speaking on This Morning, Ferne has branded it "ridiculous" and has signed Juliet and Natasha's #IAmAnEssexGirl petition.

I am an Essex girl petition logo - 26 October 2016

She said: "I'm totally for the petition. I think that the work the girls are doing is totally fantastic.

"I am an Essex girl loud and proud but when I was younger and growing up, I used to feel a bit embarrassed and would justify being an Essex girl. I would say, 'I'm not your typical Essex girl'.

"It boils down to this misrepresentation of what everyone thinks an 'Essex girl' is. The days are gone where we are dancing around our handbags in our white stilettos, and the whole, 'Shuuuut up'...."

She added: "The majority of Essex girls I know are grafters, hard-working entrepreneurs and that needs to be celebrated. Not 'sexually promiscuous and materialistic'. It's a completely false representation. You can see I'm very passionate about this!"

Ferne said she would like 'Essex girl' to remain in the dictionary, as she thinks it is "cool" they are getting recognition, but with a different definition.

The star may be in luck, as a rep for the Oxford English Dictionary has confirmed to the BBC that this could happen.

A spokeswoman said: "Nothing is ever taken out of the OED It's a historical dictionary. Definitions can change, but an entry will never come out."


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