Ban the term 'grockle' to make Burnham tourist-friendly, calls
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.
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.
always used in a very derogatory way for describing people who
are vital to Burnham-On-Sea's economy," she said.
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."
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.