Monday 13 April 2015 8.28am
I've often wondered whether "gringo" was in some way, a derogatory or even racist word.
Turns out it basically means not from around here, or foreigners perhaps.
So, what our Spanish friend was actually saying was...
Bloody foreigners :)
Don't take this for gospel, but I read years back that when Texas and other States bordering Mexico were being settled, that the early settlers would sing traditional old songs around their campfires, and the native Mexicans would hear them.
Allegedly, one song was "Green grow the rushes O", and the Mexicans convoluted "Green go" into gringo, to describe the new American immigrants to the area.
I reiterate, don't hold me to it if it turns out to be a crock.