If you ever find yourself inclined to use the term "Gypsy," "gyp," or any related form of these words, perform this simple test first: replace the term with "Jew." For example: "You just gypped me out of $5!" becomes "You just jewed me out of $5!" Sound offensive and inappropriate? That's exactly why you should never say it. Like Jews, Gypsies (more formally the Roma) are a historically mistreated ethnic group. Hundreds of thousands--and possibly even more than a million--Roma were killed in the Holocaust, and the everyday and institutional persecution and marginalization of the Roma continues today in Europe.
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