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October 21st, 2013 10:05 AM #1Junior Member
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Would "Gypsy" be an offensive name in Europe?
I don't know much about the "gypsy" culture. I know there are several cultural names that when people not of that culture use people can take offense to it (like Cohen for example).
If a child was named "gypsy" (from america or wherever that culture does not exist) and traveled to europe, would it be considered offensive?
Just curious as to someone in the knows answer. Thanks!
October 21st, 2013 10:41 AM #3
Not positive, but I believe that since the word originated as a slur against people of that culture (Romani or nomadic peoples in general) it would be offensive no matter where it was used. Or if not offensive, at least uninformed and a smidge tactless.
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October 21st, 2013 10:46 AM #5
It is very offensive to the Romani people, who are not just in Europe, btw. It is used as a slur against them, and has been for centuries.
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October 21st, 2013 10:49 AM #7
It is offensive to the Romani people anywhere you go and is not limited to Europe.
October 21st, 2013 11:14 AM #9