How to avoid the dreaded ‘gumdrop’

How to get rid of Health experts warn against the practice article New South Wales Health Minister Jill Hennessy has called on the community to stop using the term ‘gummy’, saying the term is derogatory and can make the situation worse.

Key points:Ms Hennessie said the term can make people feel ashamed, and they may even become aggressiveAbout 10 per cent of the Australian population uses the term “gummy”Ms Henningy said this was a form of bullyingNew South Wales is the first state in Australia to introduce legislation to stop people from using the word, and in March the State Government announced a pilot scheme that would see schools and public spaces ban it.

Ms Hennessey said this can be dangerous for people who are sensitive about their appearance, and she said if it is not used appropriately, people could start to feel like they are under threat.

“People are starting to feel embarrassed and ashamed to wear a smile or wear a tie because of it, and that can cause some people to lash out and become aggressive,” she said.

“We don’t want to see people who use the word get in trouble with the law, and we want to encourage the community not to use it.”

She said the use of the word could be harmful to young people, particularly children who are in situations where it is appropriate to be wearing a smile and tie.

“If a child is wearing a tie and it is an appropriate dress for them to wear, and there is no gumdrop on the child, then they should not be punished for wearing it,” she told AM.

“I think it is inappropriate and I don’t think it’s a compliment.”

It’s a very offensive word, but I don, I think that people who have been exposed to it in their lives should be aware of it.

“Ms Hennessessey said the Government would work with schools and the community as it introduced legislation to make the term more acceptable.”

There’s a lot of talk in the community about how we should have more rules around the term gumdrop,” she explained.”

The term gumDrop means, ‘do not be a gumdrop’,” she said, “so we have to start thinking about this and make sure that this word is not being used in a derogatory way.

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