Lynne Murphy lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Fri Aug 24 17:45:28 UTC 2001

--On Friday, August 24, 2001 1:00 pm -0400 Grant Barrett
<gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG> wrote:

> A bit from Fairfax County, Virginia, about the use of "gypsy" as
> pejorative.
> "Fairfax County police and prosecutors say they do not intend to be
> pejorative by using the term 'gypsy crimes' but are at a loss as to how to
> describe an annual rash of thefts in the county committed by an elusive,
> transient group thought to be from the Romani culture."

The way they get around it in the UK  is to call them "travellers".  Recent
use in the local newspaper:

The term is used generally for itinerant people, but it's often just
understood that what's meant is 'gypsy'.


M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH

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