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While normally considered a racial slur, the word "gypsy" (in the US) refers to a person of Romani heritage. As with all cultures and groups, there are good and bad. They should not all be lumped into one group.

I have met Rom that have stolen from my store, and I have met many Rom that have been wonderful, paying customers for years. You simply cannot blame an entire race of people for the misdeeds of a few. Are all whites bad? No. All blacks? No.

The Romani in the US are not ethnically similar to the "Chav" or "Travellers" in the UK. At least in the US, the Romani that I have met dress very modestly, and are not bad people. They tend to have strong family values, and they take it very seriously.
I am a Gadji (non-Rom) person, and I feel that alot of the definitions of "Gypsy" are offensive.
by AuntieCracker March 03, 2011
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A Gypsy is a member of a racial/ethnic group known as the Romani, generally characterized by darker skin and black hair. The largest population of Gypsies now lives in Eastern Europe, however communities of Gypsies can be found in many countries around the world. They first originated in India sometime before 400 AD, and began a nomadic lifestyle that eventually took many of them to Europe. From one initial community in India they have developed into several tribes that exist from India to Spain and from Russia to Northern Africa, and each tribe consists of countless clans, which vary dramatically in culture and lifestyle depending on which tribe and clan and even family they belong to. Clans usually specialize in a single, or few trades, such as horsemanship, fishing, music, dance and entertainment, metal working, and fortune telling.
They have endured much racial discrimination in the past, which still continues today.
"That Gypsy man really takes care of his horses."
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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
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Rom nomad. Sometimes considered a derogatory term.
"I'm part gypsy somewhere way back."
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Irish gypsies are calling themselves Romany. This give true Romany folk a bad name, when most are actually hard working and honest. Irish 'travellers' are con artists, rip off merchants, blaggers, thieves, and bullies. The kids are worse than the adults!! True Romany gypsies often get the blame for being theiving pikey scum, when they havent done anything. Sadly, they're a dying breed, with most living in houses now after being attacked and persecuted. Yet the Irish are still going strong...
Irish gypsy people are scum, liars, thieves, bullies, chavs!
by Romany Roberts August 23, 2007
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first of all i was upset to read of what other people have wrote about gypsies. that is your image of a gypsy and there way of life but its not like that. gypsies are not treated fairly as for the publicity they get, its all negative.
anyway being a gypsy im sure i would know what the word is more than someone who doesnt share that respect.
a gypsy is a blood line. its not to do with the way you look or anything like that it runs through your blood, like if someone is spanish, french etc.
some gypsies travel, others dont and have adjusted to the modern way of living. they travel with family and close friends which is why they come across in large groups. they travel in caravans usually but years ago gypsies travelled in wagons with horses. alot of gypsies are disrespected in many different ways, so some choose to rebel against law and feel why should we respect those who dont respect us. if gypsies where given a fair chance then maybe people could see how friendly and giving these people are. most gypsies make a living of there own, like dealing.. years ago gypsy men dealt horses and a few other things. things have changed alot over the years for gypsies, although most gypsy women stay at home and look after the home, children etc. i personally have had many people disrespect me for who i am, for know apparent reason so sometimes i do feel like fuck it, why should i treat people nicely when all i get is shit. although some people do not look at you as scum and what they think a gypsy should be, they look at you as a person and i thank people like that.
"we have a new gypsy in the neibourhood, maybe we could give them a chance and be nice" for once.
by kala smith May 30, 2008
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