Friday, September 23, 2011

Learn some proper Gypsy rokker, mush

With the Dale Farm eviction set to take place today, Gypsy life and culture is again in the spotlight, but this BBC Kent article takes a look at Gyspy language contributions to English, contributions that go back a long way and are quite deeply embedded in our common language.

A couple of these - mush and cushti - were just normal English slang as far as I was concerned growing up in Wiltshire in the 1980s and it didn't really cross my mind that it was Gypsy dialect/slang until much later.

This page from the BBC Voices site gives a bit more detail about the roots of Romany/Gyspsy/traveller dialects while this 1897 Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant features some great examples from Gypsy and other non-standard varieties.

1 comment:

principal @ www.meridiancollege.co.uk said...

there's an old Gypsy proverb that springs to mind:
"Prohasar man opre pirend, sa muro djiben semas opre chengende" -- Which means:
Bury me standing, I've been on my knees my whole life.- Unknown