Plenty of women know what it’s like to have their voices ignored until a man repeats her words, but now there’s a catchy word for it.
Twitter user Nicole Gugliuicci posted the term Friday, and women immediately took to the phrase.
“My friends coined a word: hepeated,” Gugliucci wrote. “For when a woman suggests an idea and it’s ignored, but then a guy says same thing and everyone loves it.”
Gugliucci, an astronomer, told HuffPost that the term came up in a group chat with some of her girlfriends who work across industries.
“More than once we’ve all run into issues, at work mostly, when we have an idea that doesn’t get any traction until a man says it,” Gugliucci told HuffPost.
When she decided to tweet it, Gugliucci had no idea it would go viral, but her tweet has gotten over 7,000 retweets and 19,000 likes. A few people have given similar words referring to the phenomenon, but it seems like “hepeated” is catching fire.
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— Nicole Gugliucci (@NoisyAstronomer) September 22, 2017
Many women can relate to being “hepeated,” especially in the workplace. “Hepeat” is a word on the same level as “mansplain,” discussed in 2008 by Rebecca Solnit. “Mansplaining” is when a woman is interrupted by a man who explains a concept she well understands.
“You never know what random thing is going to go viral, Gugliucci told HuffPost. “I think it’s interesting women and people of color are recognizing these things, and it’s great they have a tool like Twitter to share their stories.”
The astronomer says she’s lucky that her male co-workers are respectful and recognize these types of behaviors in the workplace, but she and her friends are glad to see their conversation resonating with so many people.
Responses to “hepeated” have been mostly positive, with men chiming in and making jokes, too.
It works that way for POC in meetings too! Or you need someone W/Male to cosign for YOUR IDEA.....— Ken Jones (@KenJone56612075) September 22, 2017
Sort of like when Collins and Murkowski oppose new healthcare legislation, and McCain gets all the credit.— Candace L. Carr (@CCandyLuv) September 22, 2017
Does this word hepeated work when a guy rephrases what you said back to you so that you agree with him rather than him agreeing with you?— Amanda Katona (@amanda_katona) September 22, 2017
Cool, but I have an idea for a word: hepeated. It's when a woman has an idea and it's ignored, but then a guy says it and everyone loves it— J.T. Finch (@emperorjamius) September 22, 2017
or he tells it back to you in different words, and has no memory of you espousing the same idea— virginia hair (@virginiahair1) September 22, 2017
Hopefully not every funny guy is going to just repeat this at you today.— Morgan Johnson (@Poormojo) September 22, 2017
Also works in context of you saying something to a man, then him repeating exactly what you just said in a patronising authoritative voice— Jayde. (@jaydeyyyyy) September 22, 2017
ALSO WORKS IN CONTEXT OF YOU SAYING SOMETHING TO A MAN, THEN HIM REPEATING EXACTLY WHAT YOU SAID IN A PATRONISING AUTHORITATIVE VOICE— Mark Brown (@MarkOneinFour) September 22, 2017
You should send that to Websters to consider for inclusion as a new dictionary word— J Hancock (@JHancoc64792904) September 23, 2017
I'm trans & it took less than a month after I came out for this to happen to me at work.— RocketBees (@OrdQuelu) September 23, 2017
Isn't that just called Tuesday?— Kathy Castro (@kathycastro) September 23, 2017
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.