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On Tue, 15 Dec 1998, Carlos Thompson wrote:

> BTW. The word "Gringo" used in Mexico and Colombia meaning a USA person or
> in Argentina meaning any foreign person, mainly Italians, is suposed to be
> derived from "Griego" = "Greek".
>
I remember reading somewhere that the name derived from American troops on
one of their campaigns south of the border singing the song "Green grow
the rushes, oh!" as they marched.  This could be apocryphal.

- andrew.

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Q. Why are there so many Smiths in the Phone Book?
A. Because they all have telephones!

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