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Question: What does it mean the word gringo: Green-go-home or a person with pale skin who speak only English?


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Answer by expatmt
During the Mexican United States war, the Americans sang a popular song “Green Grow the Lilacs.” To the Mexicans it sounded like “gringo” so that is where it came from.

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2 Responses to Question: What does it mean the word gringo: Green-go-home or a person with pale skin who speak only English?

  1. Ike

    Other theory of the origin of the word. It comes from the Spanish word Griego, meaning greek, which was used in Spain to refer to foreigners in general, and was picked up by the Mexicanos to refer to English-speaking tourists.

  2. Deezy

    In Mexico, El Salvador and Colombia the term applies for U.S. citizens, widely accepted as a colloquial demonym, meaning arrogant, uneducated American or in general terms “uneducated, arrogant Anglo. Depending on the context, it may or may not be pejorative.

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