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The Roma have been portrayed as cunning, mysterious outsiders who tell fortunes and steal before moving on to the next town.
In fact, the term “gypped” is probably an abbreviation of Gypsy, meaning a sly, unscrupulous person, according to NPR.
Roma is the word that many Roma use to describe themselves; it means "people," according to the Roma Support Group, (RSG) an organization created by Roma people to promote awareness of Romani traditions and culture. According to Open Society Foundations, some other groups that are considered Roma are the Romanichals of England, the Beyash of Croatia, the Kalé of Wales and Finland, the Romanlar from Turkey and the Domari from Palestine and Egypt.
The Travelers of Ireland are not ethnically Roma, but they are often considered part of the group. However, some people consider that a derogatory term, a holdover from when it was thought these people came from Egypt.