Gringo definition, etymology: Lexicon Valley on the origin the Spanish-language pejorative.

Why Do Latin Americans Call English Speakers Gringos?

Why Do Latin Americans Call English Speakers Gringos?

A show about the mysteries of English.
Aug. 24 2015 11:08 AM

Why Do Latin Americans Call English Speakers Gringos?

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the origin of a Spanish-language pejorative with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word gringo with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on the word, visit Zimmer’s Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

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