AMENDING an offensive definition by simply substituting its derogatory terms with synonyms seems like a pointless exercise.

In the case of the Royal Spanish Academy’s definition of ‘gypsy’ insult is added to injury as the change came about due to campaigns against the initial description.

The Academy says it only seeks to reflect the way words are used, well if so it would have been better off sticking to its guns and not changed anything at all.



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