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The Headmaster
Posted on: 6 November 2005, 9:24pm

Not an offensive term as such (and, as Mrs W-J points out, not a pure 'G' sound), but as the school motto has it, "non quo sed quo modo": so if a word is illustrated in a manner that reinforces a racial or cultural stereotype, then the usage becomes politically incorrect. So, perhaps a woman in a shawl and headscarf with a crystal ball? I'm sure it was a typical illustration in school materials in the past.

See also already the completed 'Zulu', and similarly 'Arab' and 'Jew'. The rules state "I'd rather not have anything that could be considered racist" so I'll push these towards the back of the queue, for now.

The Headmaster
Posted on: 14 March 2006, 3:39pm

The mists are clearing... I see a tall dark stranger...

Encouraging the impressionable to believe that a crystal ball will somehow reveal the future must also count as politically incorrect, or morally incorrect at least. The wife of a friend of my brother's was stalling out at a "crystals and soothsaying" type fair, flogging magnetic bracelets or homeopathic remedies or some such mumbo jumbo. I said, the wonderful thing about such events, from a marketing point of view, is that you know for certain that everyone who comes in the door is gullible.

Stephen Tomlinson
Submitted on: 11 August 2006

You've written "Not an offensive term as such, but as the school motto has it, "non quo sed quo modo": so if a word is illustrated in a manner that reinforces a racial or cultural stereotype, then the usage becomes politically incorrect."

Actually in Europe, where the term comes from and the first Gypsies settled, the term was originally applied to the Roma, mistakenly believing them to be from Egypt. They were, however, originally from India, not Egypt and so the term is inaccurate. It is also applied to Irish Gypsies in the UK, the Pavee, and is generally considered as offensive to both. The PC word for them is the vague term "Travellers".

See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roma_people for more.

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