Published: April 10, 2013
Ban the term 'grockle' to make Burnham tourist-friendly, calls pier boss

The use of the term 'grockle' should be banned in Burnham-On-Sea in an attempt to make the town more tourism-friendly, a councillor has proposed this week.

Town councillor Louise Parkin, right, who runs Burnham's seafront pier, told a council meeting on Monday that the term is so negative it should be banned from use across the town.

"It's always used in a very derogatory way for describing people who are vital to Burnham-On-Sea's economy," she said.

"Tourists are the life blood for many businesses here and we should be welcoming them with open arms and encouraging them to visit, not calling them this out-dated term."

According to the Oxford Dictionary, 'Grockle' is an informal and often slightly derogatory term for a tourist. Some language scholars believe the term originates due to the similarity of red-faced tourists wearing baggy clothing with handkerchiefs on their heads to 'Grock', a clown and music-hall performer who was famous in the first half of the 20th century.

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