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Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day

Thursday word: tziganologist

tziganologist (tsi-guh-NOHL-uh-djist) - n., one who studies Gypsies and their culture.

Or rather the Romani, to avoid the somewhat derogatory exonym. The word has specific connotations of studying Hungarian Romani, as the root comes (via French tzigane) from the Hungarian cigány, which ultimately comes from Greek athínganos, untouchable. Gypsy itself, of course, is a shortening of Egyptian, from their supposed origin -- in reality, of course, they migrated from northern India.

Tags: french, greek, hungarian, noun, t

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