Terms: "Roma", "Gadže"
Special Characters / Diacritics


In Rombase Pedagogics all groups of "gypsies" are called "Roma", lacking a better umbrella term.
This choice reflects the 1971 decision of the International Romani Congress (RIC) to use "Rom" as official autonym.

"Gadžo", "Das" and "Gor" are the most common terms for Non-Roma. "Gadžo" most probably derives from Old Indian ga-rhya ("domestic", "home loving") and is also used to indicate farmers, town people, the head of house and the husband. It is the most common term. "Das" can be traced back to Old Indian Da-sa ("slave"), and is used primarily by Roma living on the Balkans. "Gor", derived from Old Indian gaurá (white, yellowish, light red) is used in some Romani varieties of the central group (e.g. Vend-Roma)
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Ethnology and Groups » General Topics » Gadžo / Das / Gor


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Pronunciation of the most common symbols:

c - as in tsar
č – as in kitchen
ć – like the Croatian ć (palatal k or t)
s – as in sound
š – as in fashion
z – as in gives (voiced)
ž – as in pleasure(voiced)

Special Characters / Diacritics

To write the special characters and diacritics correctly, use Arial Unicode MS.


Fennesz-Juhasz, Christiane  

content (music, description of sound carriers)

Glaeser, Ursula

coordination and content

Scanferla, Justine

content (didactic conveying, description of films)

Lehnert, Roman

content (didactic conveying, description of films)

Schicker, Dieter


Semlak, Martina

webpublishing / pdf

Steinkellner, Petra


Urbaner, Roman


Wenger, Martina

English translation

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