Don't use the words gypsy as description or in the eyes of well educated people. But is it alright to use it in dialogue? Idk but I feel like it's a still commonplace word despite certain social sites trying to inform the public. And isn't given a huge negative connotion as obvious other words/slurs. Or at least for me I still heard ppl use it commonly. Of course it's more of a generalization, if nothing else (and of course that isn't a positive thing either).
Using Slurs because it’s “Commonplace.”
We’ve talked about using slurs in your writing (do’s and don’ts). Just because it is commonplace doesn’t make it less problematic. Non-Black people using the n-word, people using schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder interchangeably, etc.
It doesn’t give anyone an excuse. Contemplate why you want to add it in the first place. For shock? For “realism”? Is it really worth it to alienate and hurt the people targeted by those slurs?
Please don’t use the slur and really really contemplate your reasons why you thought other people using the slur was reason enough to use it in your writing… and go through our Racial Slurs tag.
~ Mod Alice
So what you’re saying is that, despite numerous Rromani people telling you that it is a SLUR, it’s ok to use because “everybody’s doing it”? Just because a slur is common place doesn’t mean it’s not a slur. I don’t care how people use it, frankly.
That word has been spat at me multiple times and used to hurt me and my family. Variations of it were burned into my cousins flesh in the 1940s. Don’t you dare come in here with those excuses.