MADRID – Spain's Royal Language Academy has yielded to protests from Roma groups and modified a reference in its dictionary definition of gypsies as "swindlers" to specify that the term is offensive.
The Gypsy People's State Council said Friday it welcomed the move but will continue to push for the removal of the swindler reference altogether.
The council launched a campaign against the reference last year as part of efforts to raise awareness of discrimination against gypsies, also known as Roma.
The reference appeared in the dictionary's 23rd edition following complaints that the previous edition included a reference to "gypsy" ("gitano") as one "who deceives or maneuvers to cheat."
The latest modification is in the dictionary's online edition. It is not known when a new printed edition will come out.