Derogatory name for travelling folk such as Romany Gypsies, often used as an abusive term that is now frequently (and mistakenly) used to describe council estate scumbags who dress badly in cheap clothes and can be seen hanging around all over this country. They are people who have, for the last 800 to 1000 years, been forcibly chased out of every country in Europe, had their children taken away, been sterilised (that was a state sponsored initiative by the Swedish government up until 1974) and lets not forget the 3.5 million that were exterminated by Nazi Germany in the Holocaust among many other pleasant things Europe has done. Originally they were received in Europe with welcoming arms, the were hard working and had exotic items to trade but then landlords wanted them removed as they undermined their authority, this is when the first anti-gypsy laws came in and ever since then its has the states position to vilify and persecute them. Still today they are one of the most underrepresented and racially abused ethnic groups.
Now the descendants are highly suspicious of settled people are treat them like shit, I suffered from this working in a pub they didn’t like to leave and if you forced the issue they would smash the place up. But then as I am of Pikey origins on my fathers side i could undestand their resentment, my fathers family were forced to settle. I never knew any different from you and i have worked hard until i went to uni (which I am paying for). Some of them really are a bunch of dicks who do nothing more than make trouble, but not all. Its like saying all muslims are terrorist, all black men thieves and all white blokes are paedophiles.