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More of an oxymoron

Posted by Alex on November 05, 2001

In Reply to: Re: Gypsy's warning posted by ESC on November 04, 2001

: : : : What is meant by the phrase "gypsy's warning"?

: : : The only gypsy warning that I'm familiar with is the one in "The Wolf Man," a 1941 movie. See http://rhs.jack.k12.wv.us/classic/feature/wolfman/wolfsb1.htm

: : gypsy's/gipsy's warning n.1 [mid-19C+] no warning at all. [neg. stereotyping]
: : gypsy's/gipsy's warning n.2 [mid-19C+] morning. [Rhy. sl.]
: : From _Cassell's Dictionary of Slang_ by Jonathon Green

: So, "gypsy's warning" is an ethnic slur along the lines of "Mexican standoff" and "Dutch treat." (Search archives under "standoff" and "treat.")

"Ethnic slur" sounds so harsh... and they are oxymorons,
most obvious examples - Dutch Courage, Military Intelligence,
modern parallels - perhaps the warnings phoned in by terrorists 3 minutes before an attack.