The "gypsies," the "Romany," the "Roma"— these are a few names for a huge group of people who live in Europe. They are said to have migrated to Europe from India centuries ago, and today form a minority/sub-culture in every European nation in which they live. Furthermore, for each different locality, the "gypsies" who live there may have a unique culture distinct not only from that of the majority population but also from those of "gypsies" of other localities. Hence, it is not surprising that they go by different names everywhere. Each distinct "gypsy" population— from nation to nation— may also have a completely different name for itself. It may be a mistake to refer to the "gypsies" as one group, as if they are all united and similar. In fact, words used to refer to "gypsies" are often based on mistakes— racist or otherwise. For example, many names developed from the early and incorrect assumption that the "gypsies" came to Europe from Egypt (gypsy, gitano, etc.). Other names, such as "traveller" in England, arise from a view of the "gypsies'" lifestyle. What are "gypsies" called and what do they call themselves in your country? How do these names reflect views of and beliefs about "gypsies" in your country? How do they reflect the "gypsies'" own culture and the way they relate to the majority culture in your country?