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Discussion » Questions » Language » Where did the word 'gyp' come from? As in to gyp someone out of their money.

Where did the word 'gyp' come from? As in to gyp someone out of their money.

I am too lazy to look it up and am trying to meet my 'stupid question' quota.

Posted - October 12, 2017

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  • 2484
    It came from "gypsy", due to the gypsies' reputation of swindling and ripping people off. 
      October 12, 2017 9:24 AM MDT
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  • 10854
    Where did name 'Gypsies' come from?
      October 12, 2017 9:28 AM MDT
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  • 2484
    It came from the false assumption that the gypsies were Egyptian in origin, even though they were ultimately of Indian origin. 
      October 12, 2017 9:29 AM MDT
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  • 10854
    Oh...I heard about the Egyptian connection. Thanks for clearing that up.
      October 12, 2017 9:34 AM MDT
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  • 23590
    I don't know what Egyptian Gypsies are called.    

    I wonder what their caravan's looked like?

    This post was edited by Sharonna Impolitic at October 12, 2017 9:38 AM MDT
      October 12, 2017 9:36 AM MDT
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  • 10854
    They are called غجر This post was edited by Element 99 at October 12, 2017 9:44 AM MDT
      October 12, 2017 9:41 AM MDT
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  • 23590
    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    I wish I could give you asker's pick. 
      October 12, 2017 9:44 AM MDT
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  • 23590
    oh come on now.




    This post was edited by Sharonna Impolitic at October 12, 2017 9:27 AM MDT
      October 12, 2017 9:25 AM MDT
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  • 10854
    Cher has always caused a stirring down below.
      October 12, 2017 9:32 AM MDT
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  • 3387
    I remember that when I was little, my mother told me not to use the word because it was disrespectful to gypsies. She was a head of her time in political correctness.
      October 12, 2017 11:46 AM MDT
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  • 16163
    not sure but it didnt come from me, just goggle it and then you'll know
      October 12, 2017 5:57 PM MDT
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