rush’s racist double-header

You probably don’t need me to tell you what Rush Limbaugh said or what you should think about it. In case you missed it:

But I’ll do a quick public service announcement while you’re paying attention…

In all the hubbub about Rush mocking Chinese, nobody mentioned that he started out by talking about “gypping” Fox. A lot of people use that word because they don’t know where it came from, and even if they do, they don’t know any gypsies, so who cares. Well, if you didn’t know it was a racist word before, you do now. It’s on roughly the same level as saying you got “jewed”. (And to all my readers still in New York, yes, people really do say that.) I think Rush knows better than to try that one, and it wouldn’t be any more acceptable if he didn’t know any jews.

Please add “gyp” to the list of words that sure, you’ve got a *right* to say it but it kind of makes you a dick.

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Comments

  1. On January 20, 2011 Lorraine Wronski Woodward says:

    seriously, WTF?! He needs to go away now.

  2. On January 20, 2011 Lorraine Wronski Woodward says:

    I try really hard to not say “gyp” . . . it’s one of the harder ones because there’s no good synonym for “cheated”.

  3. On January 20, 2011 Johnny Brainwash says:

    Ripped off? Swindled? Conned? I don’t know- it’s never been in my vocabulary, so I usually say “ripped off”.

    In addition to “jewed”, the other word that usually gets mentioned with this is “welshed”, as in welshing on a bet.

  4. On January 20, 2011 Lorraine Wronski Woodward says:

    as in England?

    True story–I had a friend here in the Midwest who was going to be coming to NY with me . . . she said to me (BEFORE we left Michigan, thank God!) that she wanted to go to “Jew town”, because she heard that there were good deals there. :-o I was able to discern that she was talking about 14th Street (go figure), and thankfully could also give her strict instructions to NOT. SAY. THAT. when she was in NYC.

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