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Gypsy Terms

Gabriel Rose

Member Since: July 2014
Positions Held: Founding Member, Bandoleer: July 2014 - June 2015, January 2016 - Present.

Gypsy Terms

Post by Gabriel Rose on Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:52 pm

To make this language easily accesable to all gypsys, I have placed it here. I present to you, Gypsy Terms.

Amria (am-REE-ah) - A curse or oath

Baba - A term of respect for an old woman, used before her name -- for example, Baba Ravena

Baksheesh! (bok-SHEESH) - "Good Fortune!" - A blessing and toast

Band - a traveling group, ranging in size from just four to near one hundred. Most traveling bands follow a circuit from town to town that may take a year or more to complete, and almost all stop traveling for the winter, whiling away the time by building and repairing vardos, making crafts to sell to the Gaje, etc.

Bandoleer - The Bandoleer is the true leader of the band. Everyone in the band answers to him. He is responsible for everyone‟s well being.

Basht (or baxt, bak) - "Good Luck." Luck, good and bad, is a very important thing to the Roma (Gypsies). Many items, such as talismans, and situations are considered basht. Someone or something lucky is called bakalo, and similarly, someone happy is baktalo.

Baro Moy - "big mouth," a gossip

Bor - friend

Chavi (CHA-vee) - a Romani girl

Chavo (CHA-vo) - a Romani boy

Choro (CHORE-oh) - a thief

Clans of the Rom - There are four clans, the Machwaya, the Kalderash, the Lowara, and the Churara. These clans are traced through family lines.

Coldoon - The Coldoon is the keeper of the band's history and the history of the gypsies as a whole. She is the wise woman, the seer, and lore master. The Coldoon advises both the Torque and the Bandoleer.

Dilo (DEE-lo) - a fool or imbecile (a favorite word for the Gaje!)

Drabarni (dra-BAR-nee) - A female Romani herbalist and fortuneteller

Drubarne - They are the alchemists and mages that are sworn to either Gatea or Deanna respectively

Dook - The Sight (ability to see the future) and magick in general. To dukker is to tell fortunes

Familia (fa-MEEL-yah) - The basic unit of Romani society. It is made up of an older married couple, their unmarried sons and daughters, their married sons and their wives and children (in most Romani groups a woman joins the familia of her husband when she marries). (change to man lives with wife's familia because we are matrifocal?)

Gaje(GAH-zhe) (singular forms masc- gajo; fem- gaji) - non-gypsies

Glata (GLAH-ta) - children

Gypsy - the saying “There is no 'I' in Gypsy”

Joovi (JOO-vee) - woman (in general)

Kris - gyspy court. It is an official meeting often attended by all the nearby Rom where three Rombaro attend. These meetings are usually cloaked in secrecy and are to settle serious grievances. It is at these meetings that justice is meted out, including declaring Marhime, or outcast, on a Rom.

Latcho Drom (LAH-cho DROM) - "Good Journey", the traditional Romany farewell.

Lubni (LOOB-nee) - A tart or wench.

Marhime (mar-HIME)- outcast of the gypsy culture, marked by a slash though their rose.

Mahrime (MAH-ree-may) - "Unclean and impure in a spiritual way."

Moosh - man (in general)

Mulo (MOO-lo) (sing. Mulé (moo-LAY)) - Ghosts

Phral (FROLL) - Literally "brother" in some dialects of Romanes, it means a full-blooded Gypsy, a True Rom - a very good thing to be. Used as both an adjective and a noun.

Phuro (FOO-roh) (fem. Phuri) - A wise and respected elder, used before his or her name

Prikaza (pree-KOZ-ah) - "Bad Luck." Prikaza is the result of coming into contact with mahrime things, creatures or people -- it follows any who are tainted (there are, of course, ways to undo it).

Rai (RYE)- a title given by a band of gypsies to a Gaje that has proven to be loyal and trusted. These Gaje are considered to be band mates in whole and accepted as such in their band. Any other band may accept a Rai, but hold the original band accountable for the Rai‟s actions.

Red - The color red in its primary, basic shade is very prikaza -- this shade of red dye almost never appears in Gypsy clothing, and you will never see a vardo painted that color.

Rom - A person of Gypsy heritage

Roma, the (ro-MAH) - The name that most Gypsies use for themselves as a race and people. Roma only refer to themselves as Gypsies when around the Gaje.

Romani (RO-mah-nee or RAH-mah-nee) (also Romany) - An adjective for anything related to the Rom (ex. Romani carpentry). Sometimes used as synonomous with Romanes or occasionally as a plural form of Rom - Romanies.

Rombaro - these are elders in the community that are usually no longer nomadic and, therefore, reachable by all Gypsies. The Rombaro is able to call a Kris or official meeting to settle disputes. They wear a scarf with a silver rose painted upon it as a silent symbol for other gypsies.

Shanglo (SHAN-glow) - "The Law," any Gaje law officer, be it the Sheriff or a constable.

Torque - The Torque acts as the band‟s battle commander. When a band must defend itself or go to “war” then the Torque becomes responsible for the band‟s well being. During peaceful times the Torque advises and supports the Bandoleer. He also takes care of disciplinary actions.

Varda/Vardo (VAHR-ah/VAHR-doe) - The brightly painted and elaborately carved wagon around which Romani life traditionally centers. They serve as both transportation and home. Pulled by one or two horses depending on size, they vary greatly in form and style from place to place.

Ves'tacha(VESS TAH-cha) - "Beloved ," a term of great affection

Wuzho (WOO-zhoh) -- "Pure and untainted," the opposite of mahrime. Certain creatures are revered as wuzho, including hedgehogs, horses and all scavengers (who are honored for recycling that which has died), as well as some people, including most Roma.

Family Terms

Aunt -- Bibio (BEE-bee-oh)
Brother -- Prala (PRAH-lah)
Brother-in-law -- Zhamutro (zha-moo-TRO). Literally "groom."
"Co-parent-in-law" -- Xanamiki (kha-na-MEE-kee). Term for fellow mothers and fathers-in-law.
Cousin (both genders) -- Simensa (see-MEN-suh)
Daughter -- Chikni (CHEEK-nee)
Daughter-in-Law -- Bori (BORE-ee). Literally "bride"
Father -- Dadro (DAH-dro)
Father-in-law -- Sastro (sas-TRO)
Granddaughter -- Chaveske chikni (chav-ESS-kay cheek-NEE)
Grandfather -- Purodad (POOR-uh-dod)
Grandmother -- Puridaia (poor-ee-DIE-uh)
Grandson -- Chaveske chikno (chav-ESS-kay cheek-NO)
Husband -- Rom
Mother -- Dai (DIE)
Mother-in-law -- Sackra (SACK-ruh)
Nephew -- Palesko (pal-ESS-ko)
Niece -- Penyaki (pen-YAWK-ee)
Sister -- Phei (FAY)
Sister-in-Law -- Bori (BORE-ee)
Son -- Chikno (CHEEK-no)
Son-in-law -- Zhamutro (zha-moo-TRO)
Uncle -- Kako (KAH-koh). It is also a respectful form of address for any older man
Wife -- Monisha (ma-NEE-sha). Also, more loosely, girlfriend
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