As discussed in the last blog post, the term “Gypsy” is a derogatory term and should not be used when describing the Romani people. So what terms should you use when speaking about these people? In general, it seems that most Romani people agree on the following terminology:
Rom: person, man, husband, (singular)
Roma (Rroma): people, (plural)
Romani: an adjective, as in Romani language, Romani people, Romani culture, etc. (similar to American, African, French)
Romani/Romanes: the spoken language of the Roma (derives from Punjabi region of India)
Gadje: non-Roma, outsiders (also male: gadjo; female; gadji)
Gadjikane: an adjective meaning non-Romani (foreign or outsiders), as in gadjikane music
Stay tuned for interviews with Romani Americans and much more.