Talk:Gypsy

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Gypsy[change source]

I disagree with the idea that using this word is offensive. It is a perfectly proper word, and is used in many encyclopedias. Everybody in Europe knows the word, or its equivalent, and it is good to use it for that reason. 'Romani' or 'Roma' is not well understood in English. The word 'traveller' includes many who have no cultural connection with gypsies. Macdonald-ross (talk) 11:38, 5 December 2011 (UTC)

I agree with Macdonald-ross. Also, the OED-online does not point it out as being offensive, or even pejorative. Yottie =talk= 11:42, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
Anecdotally, I would suggest it can be offensive to call someone a gypsy. Certainly is the case where I live. The Rambling Man (talk) 11:47, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
Also true. Could we fix the page to include both? Yottie =talk= 11:51, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
Would say it "could" be considered offensive by some. Plenty of chat about it online, just Google "gypsy offensive". The Rambling Man (talk) 11:53, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
Well, I have done a reword which leaves the door open (a bit like our immigration system...) Incidentally, where I come from, if you want to be offensive, you have to call them pykies, at least... Macdonald-ross (talk) 14:09, 5 December 2011 (UTC)