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Spurs slam new dictionary definition of 'Yid' for including Tottenham fans

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Tottenham have blasted the Oxford English Dictionary's expanded definition of the word 'yid' for linking it to the Premier League club.

The OED has received criticism for claiming that the word, an anti-semitic term, can also refer to 'a supporter of or player for Tottenham Hotspur football club.

It is predominantly used as a racially offensive term towards Jewish people and also used to abuse Spurs fans in the past.



Spurs fans have attempted to reclaim the word for themselves and adopt it as a nickname with chants of 'Yid Army'.Tottenham say they have a 'zero-tolerance position' on anti-semitism and have released a statement saying: 'As a club we have never accommodated the use of the Y-word on any club channels or in club stores and have always been clear that our fans have never used the term with any intent to cause offence.

'We find the Oxford English Dictionary's definition of the word misleading given it fails to distinguish context, and welcome their clarification.

'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.

'As we state at the closely related word 'yid', Tottenham Hotspur football club is traditionally associated with the Jewish community in north and east London, and the term is sometimes used as a self-designation by some Tottenham fans.


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