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Thread #46273 Message #3001333
Posted By: mayomick
06-Oct-10 - 05:59 PM
Thread Name: ?Why Mexicans called them 'Gringos'?
Subject: RE: ?Why Mexicans called them 'Gringos'?
I find these folk etymology things interesting. The word griego or gringo was clearly used by Spanish speakers before the war but perhaps it wasn't so widely used . Along come US soldiers singing green grow the whatever it was and this reinforces the use of the word and gives it wider currency. Speculation I know , but such things can happen .