[Marxism] Anglos (aka whites, gringos, gabachos, Americans)

Erik Carlos Toren ectoren at sbcglobal.net
Sun Aug 20 15:22:05 MDT 2006

Nestor and Cdes.:

Wikipedia has a very good and interesting article on the term "gringo"


"A recurring fake etymology for the derivation of gringo states that it 
originated during the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. It has been claimed 
that Gringo comes from "green coat" and was used in reference to the 
American soldiers and the green color of their uniforms. Yet another story, 
from Mexico, holds that Mexicans with knowledge of the English language used 
to write "greens go home" on street walls referring to the color of the 
uniforms of the invading army; subsequently, it became a common habitual 
action for the rest of the population to yell "green go" whenever U.S. 
soldiers passed by. This is an example of an invented explanation, because 
gringo was used in Spanish long before the war and during the 
Mexican-American War. Additionally, the U.S. Army did not use green uniforms 
at the time, but blue ones. "

....and speaking of "gabacho", from the same wikipedia site:

"Mexico, Central America, and northern South America: In these areas the 
word normally means specifically a U.S. citizen, regardless of language 
spoken or ethnic origin. Its use is sometimes derogatory.[citation needed] 
However, in Mexico the term "gabacho" is much more commonly used than 
"gringo" when referring to such a person. This should not be confused with 
gachupín, which is used only for people of Spanish origin, and makes 
reference to the Spanish colonists of the 15th century."

por el socialismo,
Erik Carlos Toren

"The bosses ride on a big
white horse / While we walk in the mud. / Their flag's the old red,
white, and blue / While ours is dipped in blood."
--Aunt Molly Jackson

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nestor Gorojovsky" <nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar>
I have a fuzzy idea that I read something on "green coats" somewhere.
 "Gringo" in Argentina, and I correct myself, is also used for
English (not for American) subjects;  also, by extension, to European
allies of the English.

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