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Oxford English Dictionary ‘yid’ update ‘misleading’ say Tottenham

THE Oxford English Dictionary has updated the definition of the word ‘yid’ to include ‘a supporter of or player for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’.

The term to describe Jewish people can be considered offensive but some Spurs fans have historically adopted the word in terrace chants. The club has a large Jewish fan base who have been targeted with anti-Semitic behaviour, and Spurs say the OED’s new definition is ‘misleading’.

The dictionary’s publisher said the word is labelled as ‘offensive and derogatory’, with reference to Tottenham being ‘a reflection of the evidence for the word’.

Spurs said: ‘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 our fans have never used the term with any intent to cause offence.’