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Thread #68626   Message #2105346
Posted By: Scoville
17-Jul-07 - 04:54 PM
Thread Name: The Alamo--Needless Martyrs
Subject: RE: The Alamo--Needless Martyrs
Wikipedia is wrong to link Gringo to the popularity of Green Grow The Rushes-o. surely 'Green grows the laurel and soft falls the dew'?

Yes, it's wrong, but, in fairness, it does list this reference under "undocumented and folk etymologies" and not in a scholarly context (so far as anything in Wikipedia is scholarly), and notes that the use of the word predates the Mexican War. None of it's footnoted, though.