Dirty Biker definition dropped by the Oxford Dictionaries

Dirty biker definition dropped by Oxford dictionaries

The Oxford dictionaries have dropped the references to dirty denims and long hair under it’s definition of a  biker, after motorcyclists have complained. The Oxford University Press who are responsible for the publishing of the Oxford English Dictionary acknowledged  that these descriptions of the two wheel community of Britain, was in fact rather outdated.

What did the previous description of a biker say?

The version online had previously defined a biker as a motorcyclist, usually one who is a member of a gang, a long haired biker in dirty denims. Though figures indicate that many motorcyclists are far from the described long hair and dirty denim stereotype, as there are fewer than one in ten male bikers who now has long hair, around 9%.

Nearly half of all British Bikers, around 42% are completely free from any tattoos, piercings, gang markings and even facial hair. The Oxford University Press has now changed the definition in the online Oxford dictionaries to a motorcyclist, especially one who is a member of a gang or group: a biker was involved in a collision with a car.

Around 74% believe that the old biker definition was inaccurate, 21% even said that they were offended and outraged by the definition. 65% of motorcyclists exclaimed that they spend most of their time riding on their own and not as a member of a gang or group. Around half said that this old definition was irrelevant and dated, with 2% saying they they believed it was actually correct and accurate. The poll information was collected from a group of 524 bikers.

It showed that today, the average biker is aged over 35, is middle class and works in IT or telecoms, it also showed that many are likely to be riding a Honda motorbike. Whether people are riding as a hobby or commuting, the stereotypical image of a biker has indeed changed from that of a Hells Angel.

When the biker term was used in around the 60′s and 70′s, it described gangs in leather with long hair, likely to be trouble makers. Generally driving at rather high speeds and would often be confronting other biker gangs much like themselves. They were described by the 60′s media as ton up boys. The term actually used to provoke a kind of fear in people, due to the image that was portrayed of biker gangs in the media.

Fortunately, this rather cliched stereotype of bikers has moved far away since then and now includes all sectors in society. The popularity of bikes, loved by people from many different walks of life is proven by the increasing growth of the scooter and adventure motorbikes.

Some motorcyclists believe that peoples stereotypical image of a biker could still change

The image of a biker, is not the same as it was 50 years ago. Motorcyclists are pleased that the Oxford Dictionary has finally had an update on the term. Though some bikers say that there is still a long way to go as not all people who ride motorcycles class themselves as bikers and are not members of gangs either.

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