Thursday, September 26, 2013

gyp/cheat: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Thursday, September 26, 2013

Gypsies complain that “gyp” (“cheat”) reflects bias; but the word is so well entrenched and its origin so obscure to most users that there is little hope of eliminating it from standard use any time soon.
Note that the people commonly called “Gypsies” strongly prefer the name Rom (plural form Roma or Romanies).

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