I recently read a line of chat conversation, where somebody said:
… get jipped by some guy …
A different user construed this as “casual racism”, even though the whole conversation was completely unconnected to racial issues. It seems that the problem is the word “jipped” which Wiktionary says is
Probably from the term gypsy (“Roma”), due to a stereotype of the Roma as swindlers.
So I wonder, is this really a politically incorrect word to use? Do speakers and listeners generally connect the word with actual Roma stereotypes? Or is it a rarity to think about its origins, and people generally just use it without thinking of the possible historical etymology, just like people use malaria without ever thinking of bad air?
I heard/read the word for the first time, and did not make a connection to “Gypsy” at all, even though I am European and I am generally aware that “gypsy” is a pejorative racial term.