The collapse of Ukip in last week’s local elections brought a new word to my attention. Go on Twitter, type “gammon” into the search bar, and you’ll see it’s become an increasingly popular way of referring to a certain kind of person. “Gammon” describes white men over the age of 55 who have done well from the economy, but are angry and intolerant. They also appear to have high blood pressure, hence the skin tone, which is the reason for the moniker. [The Independent, May 2018]
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a derogatory term for white, male, middle-aged Brexit supporters
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