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Roma People – The Gypsies

The English term Gypsy (or Gipsy), originates from the Greek word ‘Aigyptoi’ in the erroneous belief that the Roma originated in Egypt, and were exiled as punishment for allegedly harboring the infant Jesus. This ethnonym is not used by the Roma to describe themselves, and is often considered pejorative. However, the use of “gypsy” in English is now so pervasive that many Roma organizations use the word gypsy in their own names.

In North America, the word “Gypsy” is often misunderstood as a reference to lifestyle or fashion, and not to the Roma ethnicity. The Spanish term gitano and the French term gitan may have the same origin.

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