Is "gringo" racist?
My fiancee is native Spanish and lives in Monterrey Mexico. I have friends from Spain and other Spanish native countries. Every friend I have says that "gringo" is a racist slur used toward Americans, however, my fiancee is confused by this. She says that in Mexico(or at least the part she is from), "gringo" is used as common terminology for American(even though americano/a is technically the correct word). She says she has never used herself, nor heard anyone else use, gringo as a racist slur, and never even knew it was racist until I mention it. So, my question is: Is "gringo" not racist in Mexico?
The RAE defines it this way. If it were an insult in a region such as Mexico or a part of Mexico, it would be noted.
gringo, ga. (Etim. disc.).
adj. coloq. Extranjero, especialmente de habla inglesa, y en general hablante de una lengua que no sea la española. U. t. c. s.
adj. coloq. Dicho de una lengua: extranjera. U. t. c. s. m.
adj. Am. Mer., Cuba, El Salv., Hond. y Nic. estadounidense. Apl. a pers., u. t. c. s.
adj. Ur. inglés (‖ natural de Inglaterra). U. t. c. s.
adj. Ur. ruso (‖ natural de Rusia). U. t. c. s.
m. y f. Bol., Hond., Nic. y Perú. Persona rubia y de tez blanca.
m. coloq. Lenguaje ininteligible.
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Hello Arch go here and you'll see this question has been beaten to death already on this site. Just type Gringo into the search box and you'll have a whole day of reading.
Actually, racist doesn't apply here, because in Latin America there are different races and mixes of races, and there is a considerable percentage of the population that is Caucasian, like another percentage of the Americans. In USA there are also numerous races and mixes of races, so what do you mean by racist? Don't mix mother tongue or nationality with race.
When in doubt, don't use it. This is assuming you want to avoid conflict. Even when the word technically isn't racist, the people you say it to may still get offended by it when they have been taught to consider it a racist slur.
this question has been beaten to death
Thanks GAry, please make a search, Arch, welcome to the forum
You can see "teacher" used as an
insult on this very forum.
This has not happened and will not happen. I really don't know why you don't read the posts porperly, Sabor.
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