LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||26/MAR/2010 9:55 PM|
|Assunto:||Yank vs. Yankee (To Dale)|
Frankly, I see the use of "gringo" as a sign of lack of sophistication and good manners. an indication of ethnocentrism. Some Anglos do not mind it, although I wonder how many are truly bilingual. A good friend of mine (Anglo) lived in Mexico, Argentina, and Puerto Rico for years. He doesn't mind it all. Good for him. I do.
I rarely heard the term in Brazil. You may have noticed that in my examples I was referring to its use by Spanish speakers. On the other hand, I heard a lot of trash about Argentines. A Mineiro friend hated Gypsies. Prejudice saves us so much time. We give people labels and don't have to treat them as individuals.
What does gringo mean? Doesn't mean "You are not one of us, you will never be one of us, you are different, you are just like everyone else of your ethnic group"?
In part, of course, it is cultural. In my culture, it is considered very bad manners to constantly refer to race, religion, etc. In Spanish, all Asians are "chinos", even those from Korea, Japan, Thailand, etc.
I have heard my son use "gringo". I wonder which half of himself he was talking about. LOL
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