Where does gorger come from?
The Romani people—also known as the Romany, Roma, or Travelers—are a nomadic ethnic group with populations in Europe, Asia, and North America. They form a very tight-knit community, so it’s no surprise that they have a term for outsiders: gorger. This is perhaps not unlike the Spanish gringo or Jewish goy for their respective outsiders.
In early 80's, my dad (Romani Gypsy) snuck out to a gorger (Non Gypsy) disco in the next town. At the party, he met a girl. A gorger girl. Relationships like this were frowned upon.
They fell in love. Ignored the crap. That girl is my mama.
Today they've been married for 30 years pic.twitter.com/Zc6lohe7wO
— Melissa Johns (@Melissa_Clare_J) March 25, 2019
Gorger comes from the Romani language gorgio or gadjo, referring to a person who is not an ethnic Romani. Its etymology is obscure. In 19th-century England, a gorger was adopted as a slang term for a “man,” including a “dandy” or “landlord.”
The word was brought to the mainstream—to the gorgers, if you will—through such reality shows Big Gypsy Weddings (UK, 2010–15) and My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding (first aired in the US in 2012). Seasons of the latter title have featured the storylines about Romani marrying gorgers, which can cause challenges in Romani families.
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Who uses gorger?
Gorgers aren’t always welcomed or esteemed in the Romani community, as is seen in the contention caused by a Romani marrying a gorger on the various Gypsy Wedding TV shows. (Calling a Romani person a gypsy, meanwhile, is considered derogatory.)
While it has a negative connotation among Romani, gorgers themselves may adopt the title.
— setter. (@MirandaSetter) May 24, 2014
The Romani gorger is not to be confused with the personal form of gorge, or “to stuff with food” or “eat greedily.”
Is that why they are at the vets? Get them on a diet. They can only eat what they are offered right? One of mine is a gorger and it is difficult, but it's for the best to keep their weight in check
— Fivegee (@cryptosam018) February 18, 2019
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