Descendant of the original Indian travellers who arrived in Western Europe after the downfall of the Byzantine empire in the 15th Century. The called themselves the 'Lords of Little Egypt' which contracted to Egyptians, Gyptians and eventually Gypsies or Gyppos. Little Egypt was the name given to the area we now call Turkey.
My mother said
I never should
play with the Gypsies
in the wood
English Romany word for money. Originally means burning embers and in other european Romani dialects 'angaar' still has that meaning. In 18th and 19th century English 'coal' also meant money. Wonga is the romani calque.
, bread, wonga, I don't care as long as its money
Originally a Romani term of respect (dadika) for an older person, this has come to mean (in UK English) a Gypsy or traveller who is not of pure blood. The insult is therefore compounded, not only does this person have the negative qualities that prejudice has associated with travellers, but they are also of suspect descent, doubly damned.
they're not even proper gyppos, they're fucking diddikois
happiness, in good order. Romany word used by super-chav Jamie Oliver. Kushtipen was once the English Romany word for 'happiness' from a Persian word meaning 'happiness'
Clothes, something that is removed when someone gets their kit off. Originally Kittel, a white cotton or linen robe worn by orthodox Jews on certain holy days (also used as a shroud), overall, smock. Yiddish from MHG ultimately from Arabic source, cogn. with ‘cotton’
Helen Mirran is famous for taking her kit off
testicles. Hindi word 'goli' means a ball or small sphere. see also pills
she kicked him in the pills
happiness, in good order. Romany word used by super-chav Jamie Oliver. Kushtipen was once the English Romany word for 'happiness' from a Persian word meaning 'happiness' see kushti