An exam regulator in the United Kingdom advised employees to stop "hepeating," according to documents from the organization.
Male employees of the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation were warned to stop the act of hepeating, or a portmanteau of the words "he" and "repeating" defined as men hijacking ideas suggested by their female colleagues, according to a 28-page internal employee handbook obtained by the Daily Mail.
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The word has been attributed to being created by the "friends" of Nicole Gugliucci, an assistant professor at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, according to the outlet.
"My friends coined a word: hepeated," Gugliucci wrote in a 2017 tweet. "For when a woman suggests an idea and it's ignored, but then a guy says same thing and everyone loves it."
"Usage: 'Ugh, I got hepeated in that meeting again.' Or, 'He totally hepeated me!'" Gugliucci said.
My friends coined a word: hepeated. For when a woman suggests an idea and it's ignored, but then a guy says same thing and everyone loves it— Prof. Nicole Gugliucci is very tired (@NoisyAstronomer) September 22, 2017
The term, which does not appear in the Oxford English Dictionary, has received criticism from several educators and journalists, according to the outlet.
A former history professor at the University of Exeter, Jeremy Black, described the word as being an "ugly new made-up word that's foolish and devoid of meaning."
"I am rapidly losing touch," said journalist Dame Joan Bakewell. "Soon I won't be able to function as a journalist in anything but The Oldie and school reunion magazines."
Dame Margaret Drabble, an award-winning author, said she had never heard of the term "hepeating" and also described it as being "an ugly word," adding that it was "not a very useful concept."
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The term "hepeating" follows words such as "mansplaining" and "manterruption," which attempt to describe men's behavior as demeaning or patronizing toward women.
The Washington Examiner reached out to Ofqual for comment.