Source of the Word "Gringo"
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Sat, 19 Aug 1995 03:56:10 GMT
Bruce Gansner wrote:
>Could someone kindly send me the lyrics to "Green Grow the Rushes"? My wife
>remembers it from her Girl Scout days. I couldn't find it on the Web Song
An interesting sidenote to this song is that its use arguably serves as
origin of the South American Spanish word, "gringo", as a descriptive
term for citizens of the USA. Reportedly, the song was quite popular
during the time the Panama Canal was being constructed.
The Spanish speaking folk thought they heard the Americans sing,
"Green go...". In Spanish, this is accurately written as "gringo".
Thus it may have passed that "los Norteamericanos" became known in
slang as "los gringos".
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <email@example.com>
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America
National Woodbadge 416-18, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
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