What is the difference between gypsies and hicks?

waloshin

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After watching Big Fat Gypsy Wedding I was curious as to what the difference between hicks and gypsies?
 

ericrwalker

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Gyp·sy also Gip·sy (jps)
n. pl. Gyp·sies also Gip·sies
1. A member of a people that arrived in Europe in migrations from northern India around the 14th century, now also living in North America and Australia. Many Gypsy groups have preserved elements of their traditional culture, including an itinerant existence and the Romany language.
2. See Romany.
3. gypsy One inclined to a nomadic, unconventional way of life.
4. A person who moves from place to place as required for employment, especially:
a. A part-time or temporary member of a college faculty.
b. A member of the chorus line in a theater production.


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hick (hk) Informal
n.
A person regarded as gullible or provincial: "New Yorkers had a horrid way of making people feel like hicks" (Louis Auchincloss).
adj.
Provincial; unsophisticated: a hick town.
[After Hick, a nickname for Richard, from Middle English Hikke.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
hick [hɪk]
n
Informal
a. a country person; bumpkin
b. (as modifier) hick ideas
[after Hick, familiar form of Richard]
 

Melrose

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Ah, Waloshin!

Your average hill dwelling yokel with sub-par intelligence is a hick. Granted, one does occasionally find a more well-rounded specimen of Hick, but this is a rare case. And there is a difference - however slight - between Hick and Redneck. Rednecks are all Hicks, but not all Hicks are Rednecks. Hicks also have a propensity for donning sweat pants and leotards.
 

snberk103

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Ah, Waloshin!

Your average hill dwelling yokel with sub-par intelligence is a hick. Granted, one does occasionally find a more well-rounded specimen of Hick, but this is a rare case. And there is a difference - however slight - between Hick and Redneck. Rednecks are all Hicks, but not all Hicks are Rednecks. Hicks also have a propensity for donning sweat pants and leotards.
Our problem, since both Waloshin and I come from the GWN, is that we have little experience with hicks or rednecks. We have our own, um, regional demographic groups that we like to tease... but not those. I suppose there is a resemblance in the lumberman's plaid... but not much more than that.

In my case it's residents of Surrey who get teased.