|2008-06-15 21:34 (UTC)
He's probably being diplomatic. Essex girl jokes tend to revolve very heavily around their subjects' loose morals and low IQs.
No less than Time has written: "In the typology of the British, there is a special place reserved for Essex Girl, a lady from London's eastern suburbs who dresses in white strappy sandals and suntan oil, streaks her hair blond, has a command of Spanish that runs only to the word Ibiza, and perfects an air of tarty prettiness. Victoria Beckham — Posh Spice, as she was — is the acknowledged queen of that realm..." Which is slightly unfair on Victoria Beckham because she's from Hertfordshire.
You don't tend to hear much about Essex Girls these days. They were as much a creation of the papers and stand-up comics as anything else, but the name has remained as a kind of shorthand for a rather dim girl who spends her nights in clubs wearing clothes that would be skimpy even for the beach, sleeping around until they find themselves a Premier Division footballer to marry. At which point they transform into a WAG (wives and girlfriends)
Of course, when I said you'd become an Essex Girl by marriage, I meant a Girl from Essex, rather than an Essex Girl, which is not the same thing at all.
Most of the jokes are pretty crappy, but if you google `Essex Girl jokes' there are a lot out there.
You know, you do the accent terribly well...