Spain: Gypsy Groups Protest ‘Swindler’ Dictionary Definition

MADRID — Spanish groups representing gypsies have launched a campaign to remove a reference to them as swindlers from the world’s benchmark Spanish dictionary.

The country’s Gypsy Secretariat Foundation and others delivered a protest letter Wednesday to Spain’s Royal Language Academy, which produces the definitive Spanish dictionary.

Foundation spokeswoman Pilar Calon says the effort attempts to raise awareness of discrimination against gypsies, also known as Roma.

The dictionary’s most recent 2014 edition lists “swindler” (“trapacero”) as one of its definitions for “gypsy” (“gitano”)…

How about a campaign to improve your culture which is deeply criminal. Help yourselves and stop whining.   The entire Western world is full of whiners.  Improvement only comes when the people involved are determined that they want it.  Cosmetic efforts like this do nothing.

  • tom_billesley


    verb (gyps, gypping, gypped)
    Cheat or swindle (someone):
    a young inventor gypped by greedy financiers

    An act of cheating someone; a swindle.

    Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

  • Donna

    If more Roma were like this guy, the problem would be lessened.


    Ceferino Gimenez Malla, known as “El Pele” was born a Gypsy in Fraga, Huesca, Spain, probably on 26 August 1861. He chose Teresa Gimenez Castro a Gypsy from Lerida as his wife and settled with her in Barbastro. In 1912 he regularized this Gypsy-style union and became a model Christian. He had no children but adopted one of his wife’s nieces, whose descendants are still living. He was a flourishing horse dealer with a respectable position in society and ever ready to give generously to the poor. Unjustly accused of theft and imprisoned, he was finally declared innocent: the lawyer for his defence announced: “El Pele is not a thief, he is San Ceferino, patron of Gypsies”. In his dealings, he never cheated anyone.

    Held in great esteem, El Pele was frequently sought by Gypsies to help them solve the conflicts which sometimes flared up between them. His reputation for charity and piety was widespread and although he was illiterate, educated people esteemed him for his honesty and his wisdom. He was a member of several religious groups. At the start of the Spanish Civil war, at the end of July 1938, he was arrested for trying to defend a priest who was being dragged through the streets of Barbastro, and for keeping a rosary in his pocket. He was offered freedom if he would stop reciting the Rosary. He preferred to stay in prison and face martyrdom. He was shot at dawn on 8 August 1936, against the walls of Barbastro cemetery. He died clutching his Rosary and crying: “Long live Christ the King!”.