First Lady Michelle Obama used the word “gypped” while talking about part-time job salaries Monday, drawing some criticism from media outlets for the racial slur.
“The first thing I tried to do, which was a mistake, was that I tried the part-time thing… I realized I was getting gypped on that front,” she said. “What happened was I got a part-time salary but worked full time.”
“Gypped” is derived from the word “gypsy,” which refers to the Romani people. The term means to swindle or cheat someone and has many negative connotations.
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President Barack Obama has also used the term “gypped” in the past even though it is considered offensive. At a 2009 town hall meeting in Pennsylvania, Obama said he wanted to regulate companies providing health insurance so he could ensure that their customers are not “gypped.”
Sources: Daily Caller, ABC News