[lg policy] Spain: ‘Swindlers’? Roma Say No

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Thu Apr 9 15:02:46 UTC 2015

Spain: ‘Swindlers’? Roma Say No


Spanish groups representing Roma people began a campaign on Wednesday to
remove a reference to the Roma as swindlers from the world’s benchmark
Spanish dictionary. The country’s Gypsy Secretariat Foundation and others
delivered protest letters to members of Spain’s Royal Language Academy,
which produces the dictionary. Its most recent 2014 print edition lists
“swindler” (“trapacero”) as one definition for “Gypsy” (“gitano”). The
academy declined to comment but has said dictionary definitions reflect
actual use and are not meant to be derogatory. It has offered the
possibility of changing the forthcoming online edition to clarify that such
references are pejorative.



 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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