Oxford Dictionary updates 'Yid' definition

Spurs criticise OED over expanded definition of 'yid'

Spurs criticise OED over expanded definition of 'yid'

Tottenham Hotspur have hit back at the Oxford English Dictionary after the decision to include "a supporter of or player for Tottenham Hotspur football club" as a definition for the word 'Y*d'.

The term is known as an offensive description of Jewish people but Tottenham fans - a club with a large Jewish fanbase - often sing chants with the word during matches.

The club has a sizeable Jewish fan base, who have been targeted with antisemitic behaviour.

"The entry for "Yiddo" is labelled as offensive and derogatory and our reference to Tottenham Hotspur is a reflection of the evidence for the word".

Usage of the term to describe Jewish individuals can be thought about offending, yet some Spurs fans have actually traditionally embraced the word in balcony incantations.

A spokesperson for the OED claimed: "As a historic dictionary, the OED documents the use and also advancement of words in the English language".

It says the word "Yid" is offensive when used by non-Jewish people to refer to Jews, and when used to refer to Spurs fans or players, it says the word is "frequently derogatory and offensive" - but is also used by fans to refer to themselves.

"As we mention at the very closely relevant word "Yid", Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is generally connected with the Jewish neighborhood in north and also eastern London, and also the term is in some cases made use of as a self-designation by some Tottenham fans".

"We reflect rather than dictate how language is used, which means we include words which may be considered sensitive and derogatory", the dictionary said.

It said the entry for "yiddo" was marked as "offensive and derogatory" and it would ensure the context was made clear in both definitions.

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"The vast majority of fans of the club, including those who self-designate as Y-words, are not Jewish", he told Sky News television, "and therefore have no right of 'reclamation'".

Stephen Pollard, who is editor of the Jewish Chronicle, tweeted: "Not controversial among numerous Jewish Spurs supporters, such as myself, who are proud to be Yiddos". These are always labeled as such.

Previous year the north London club carried out a consultation with fans on their use of the Y-word and received more than 23,000 responses.

Nearly half of all respondents said they would prefer to see supporters chant the Y-word less or stop using it altogether.

A spokesman for the Antisemitism Policy Trust said: "This Y-word is now and has always been part of the vocabulary of hate used on the football terraces and elsewhere".

In December, Tottenham launched the outcomes of a survey on "the Y-word" that obtained greater than 23,00 0 reactions.

Some 94% acknowledged the word can be considered a racist term against a Jewish person and almost a half of respondents wanted supporters to abandon or use it less in chants.

Prominent Jewish football fans including David Baddiel and groups such as the Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors anti-Semitic abuse, have called on Spurs to stop using the words in chants.

It revealed that 33 per cent of respondents use the Y-word "regularly" in a footballing context, while only 12 per cent would use it outside of this context.

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