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Old 03-14-2016, 03:58 AM   #2251
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Hate to be the curmudgeon here, but the term "Gypsy" is considered a slur. The preferred term is "Roma".
Perhaps in Montreal, but please bear in mind that this refers to events from the 17th century when Macpherson and his clan were also referred to as 'Egyptians'.
The term 'Roma' would hardly have been known at that time.
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Old 03-14-2016, 05:08 AM   #2252
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Perhaps in Montreal, but please bear in mind that this refers to events from the 17th century when Macpherson and his clan were also referred to as 'Egyptians'.
The term 'Roma' would hardly have been known at that time.
"Egyptian" is not that surprising. It used to be believed that the Roma came from Egypt and the word "Gypsy" comes from the word "Egyptian" or "Egypt".

The term "Roma" is preferred nowadays everywhere that people care about what people prefer to be called. I strongly doubt that "Gypsy" was never used as a slur in Scotland.

If it had been obvious that you were quoting something written in the 17th century, I wouldn't have commented.
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:50 AM   #2253
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Let's not get hung up on cultural differences. The word 'gypsy' is used now not to describe a group of people, but a lifestyle. For example, while shopping today, my wife was looking at what was described as a 'Gypsy dress'. Someone who travels a lot can be said to have some "Gypsy in them".
Historically it would have been used to refer to any itinnerant person / free spirit and not to a particular ethnic group. It was illegal in 17th & 18th century Scotland.

If you'd like a more full account, you may like to browse..https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Macpherson

I'll leave you with a good Scottish term - Gaberlunzie - and itinnerant licensed beggar.
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Old 03-14-2016, 12:36 PM   #2254
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Shopping day today, but fortunately, the shops are beside the beach. The tide was out and the sun was shining. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me, but here is a pic of Wife & daughter earlier this year.......



Near to where this was taken, Buffalo Bill's Wild West show performed in 1904 during his tour of the UK.

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Old 03-21-2016, 07:52 AM   #2255
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Easter pics the wife took.
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:01 AM   #2256
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Easter pics the wife took.
Nice photos!

It's nice to see that you carry on the tradition of getting your children dressed up for Easter Sunday!
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:10 AM   #2257
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Your boys are absolutely adorable. It is so nice to see that parents are still teaching their children about getting properly dressed for an occasion.
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Old 03-21-2016, 03:27 PM   #2258
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Cute kids, Jon. Nice photos, too. Your wife has a good eye.
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Old 03-21-2016, 06:44 PM   #2259
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I love the Easter pics of your sweet boys, Jon. Thank you for sharing. Your wife is a great photographer!
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Thank you. I'm just amazed she got them to sit still long enough.
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