Sep 29, 2009, 9:17 AM
Post #8 of 41
You were not in Chiapas in Larrainza with us but I can tell you there was no guessing what the word meant, my friend, a Mexican who has been speaking Spanish for a lot longer than 5 years , got the message loud and clear and lashed out.
I live in Chiapas too and am learning Tzotzil as well so I can understand some of the comments too . Go ahead call yourself whatever you want but for your info ,gringo applies to anyone who is not Mexican, including Canadians and Europeans so do not feel so honored by your title.
So what? If they had said "we don't like estadounidenses, get out" the context would be the same and it has nothing to do with the word "gringo" or "estadounidense". You could substitute "alemana", "canadiense", whatever. Sounds like they just don't like "outsiders", period.
I also disagree with your statement that Canadians and Europeans are referred to as "gringos". It might be mistaken identity, as the poster above me said, but among all my Mexican friends, from either here in Ajijic or from Guadalajara, a "gringo" is a person from the U.S.
Go to Google Mexico, and do a search for the word "gringo" under "Noticias". This will make the point much clearer than I ever could.
Your husband several months ago tried to equate the word "gringo" with "nigger". Anyone who speaks Spanish and has Mexican friends know this statement is so ludicrous that the author need not be taken seriously in any discussion relating to the word.
I may not be the smartest guy in town, but I do know for a fact that when my Mexican friends call me "gringo", it is being used in a friendly and affectionate manner, and I don't need anyone on this web-board telling me how I should feel when it is used towards me. I'm an adult, and I can pretty much tell when a word is being used in a pejorative manner and when it is not.
(This post was edited by willieboy on Sep 29, 2009, 9:23 AM)