"Is this the American version of gypsies?"
No. Gypsies are originally from the Indus Valley. They were given (10k at a time), by their king, to the Iranians thousands of years ago as servants. As they migrated around, the first encountered by the Europeans had migrated from Egypt. The Europeans wrongly thought that they were Egyptians and called them 'Gypsies'.
posted on 09/25/2002 8:40:07 AM PDT
That was a rhetorical question.
To: blam; Desdemona
The term "Gypsy" is often broadened to include other nomads, like the Irish travellers. "Tinkers" (the English corruption of "tinceard", "tin smith" in Gaelic) was the original term used to describe Irish travellers. Gypsies were originally refered to by the English as "Egyptians". During the 16th Century, the terms "Gypsy" or "Egyptian" began to take in both groups.
The broad use of "Gypsy" may be a regional thing. I've never heard the term used in California to describe anyone other than Romani Gypsies.
posted on 09/25/2002 11:55:36 AM PDT
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