Male workers in the UK have been warned to stop the sexist practice of “warming up”.
The term – coined for men who pass off the work of colleagues as their own and take credit – has appeared in a new guide for Ofqual exam staff.
The term was first coined by friends of astronomer and professor Nicole Gulyuchi, who posted about it on Twitter back in 2017. The post received 185,000 likes and 58,800 retweets.
“My friends came up with the word: hepeated. After all, if a woman offers an idea and it is ignored, and then the guy says the same thing, and everyone likes it, ”she wrote.
She then gave the context of that word.
“Use: ‘Wow, I got excited again at that meeting’ or, ‘He totally pissed me off!’
The term has now found its way into a 28-page guide to Ofqual, which describes “hepeating” as “a situation where a man repeats female comments or ideas and then he is praised for them as for his own”.
The word has not yet been included in the Oxford English Dictionary and has been criticized by University of Exeter professor Jeremy Black, who described the term as “an ugly new fictional word that is stupid and meaningless.”
Award-winning author Lady Margaret Drebl added: “I have never heard of this word. It’s not very ingrained, probably because it’s such a nasty word and not a very useful concept. “
He adds a growing list of feminist words that includes “mansplaining” (explaining something to men, usually to a woman, in a condescending or patronizing form), “manalogue” (if a man speaks for a long time while women wait to contribute), and “ brotherhood ”(if a man intentionally steals a woman’s idea).