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Offensive and derogatory or just a bit of harmless fun? The word banter is more than years old but is increasingly finding itself under the spotlight, with questions being asked about its true meaning. The word is believed to have originated in London as street slang and has evolved to its current form, defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as "the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks".
But some would say a more sinister use of the word has developed alongside this - one which was pointed out by teacher Mike Stuchbery. Mr Stuchbery made a stand against banter, saying it had become an "excuse for inappropriate behaviour" in his classroom, in Gorleston, Norfolk.
Following nationwide media coverage, Mr Stuchbery left the school by mutual consent. Author and journalist Musa Okwonga said the evolution of the word was partly the work of magazines such as Loaded and Nuts. He said this banter usage was propelled by comments made by Premier League manager Malky Mackayand before that Andy Gray and Richard Keys, who made sexist comments about a female referee.
Mr Okwonga believes the type of humour now described as banter is now firmly established in the mainstream, citing as an example the success of the comedian Dapper Laughswhose popularity on YouTube saw him offered an ITV2 show which was then pulled following complaints about his behaviour. Although he questions whether banning words is the way forward, Mr Okwonga said Mr Stuchbery was right to make a stand.
Luke Wright, a poet and broadcaster, said banter had become "more downmarket than it used to be". Mr Wright said he appreciated teachers being at their "wits' end", but said banning a word was "stupid". Daniel O'Reilly, the comedian behind Dapper Laughs told BBC Newsnight he would no longer be performing as the character after his banter "got carried away".
I was creating the character and pushing the boundaries because it was quite popular.
John Bangs, the former head of education at the National Union of Teachers, said banter had become a "convenient word to cover up bullying and harassment". The Oxford English Dictionary says that banter means "to make fun of a person ; to hold up to ridicule, 'roast'; to jest at, rally, 'chaff'. Now usually of good-humoured raillery".
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