Change of the Word Ghetto

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Victor Luckett English 1c 02/13/2013 Ghetto-the evolution’s of the word Have you ever tried to translate the word ghetto to other languages using online dictionaries? If you do, you’ll be surprised by the fact that ghetto has the same meaning and pronunciation in all European languages. It is one of those rare international words that don’t need translation. Besides the word, ghettos, in their modern definition, exist in many countries. The meaning of this word was always associated with some kind of captivity for ethnic or racial minorities, but the word ghetto has been defined differently within the past six decades. In the late 30’s and early 40’s it was defined as a prison for Jewish people in World War II, whereas today, when progressive humankind definitely blames any kind of Nazism ideology and due to active urbanization process, word ghetto lost its original meaning and acquired new one; we define it as an urban community in cities for the poor who can’t afford a better life. The word ghetto is so common and widespread in modern English that it’s hard to believe that it was originally an Italian word. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ghetto as a “quarter of a city in which Jews were formerly required to live.” According to, the first time word ghetto was mentioned in the beginning of 16th century in the phrase “Venetian Ghetto” meaning the part of Venice which was populated by Jews. According to, the word Ghetto has been associated with Jewish people and captivity since XVI century till second part of XX century. In most European countries, Jews were forced by law to live in particular parts of cities segregated from other citizens because they were not Christians. Those places were known as ghettos. This word acquired a particularly sinister meaning in the middle of 20th century in Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler, who

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