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Is the following sentence right?
First, the Gipsydom have brought us a magnet.
Thanks in advance.
In the sententence, I have nothing against of the Gypsys. I don't blame them. I'm not a racist. But in my dictionary it could sound offensive. I mean people under Gypsy nationality in a whole, as each separately.
This sentence is incomplete.
It could be:
At first, the Gipsydom has brought us a magnet which attracts other Gypsies? (Or something else?).
Anyway I don't see anything offensive in that sentence, I think one should at least be able to read the whole paragraph.
I haven't met the word 'Gipsydom' before.
The reason some people regard 'gypsies' as an offensive word is like the reason for avoiding 'Red Indian' in the meaning 'Native American' - it's not PC (Politically Correct).
If gypsies are of Romany origin, they are called 'Romanies'; if not, they are called 'Travellers' (even if they are settled). In the last few years I've heard the word 'Roma' (a borrowed plural word) used instead of 'Romanies'.
I think it all depends in which country you live.
In my mind, when I hear the word "Gypsy", it recalls images of raven-black- haired girls dancing in the light of campfires and of the old man that went from door to door asking if there weren't any knifes or scissors to grind when I was still a seven year old boy.
Last edited by Miner49'er; 12-Dec-2006 at 17:10.
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