A prominent Jewish group on Monday called on the Romanian Academy to change its dictionary definition of an anti-Semitic slur to make it clear that it is a pejorative.

Maximilian Katz, director of the Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism, told the Associated Press in an interview Monday that the commonly used Romanian word is offensive, but that is not explained in the official DEX dictionary.

He says the word was “heard by the Jews when they were put on the trains of death,” referring to the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Romanian Jews in WWII.

“The Romanian Academy have taken a deeply anti-Semitic expression and transformed it into a legitimate word,” he told the AP. The dictionary explains it is used in a “familiar” sense but omits that it is anti-Semitic.

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