Why do Mexicans call Americans “gringos”?

@lprhll (387)
Italy
February 12, 2007 11:03am CST
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4 responses
• United States
12 Feb 07
I beleive some Mexicans heard the song "Green goes the mountain" and the understood that as "Gringo" (at least the Green Goes part).
• United States
12 Feb 07
Well that is a cute thought. lol
• United States
14 Feb 07
I'm sorry but what does that have to do with the conversation???
@Eisenherz (2912)
• Portugal
18 Feb 07
Gringo (feminine, gringa) is a term in the Spanish and Portuguese languages used in some countries of Latin America to refer to foreigners from different cultures especially from the United States, but also from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and elsewhere, including in some cases other countries of Latin America itself.
• United States
13 Feb 07
okay thats too much right now cuz i am at taco bell right now ordering and i lost my train of thought cuz i was thinking about this one hard its a hard question vanna can i buy a vowel please i want an A
• United States
12 Feb 07
I have wondered this myself. And also why do they call their children mama and papa? I have always been puzzled by that. To call a 2 yr old mama or papa? Can you explain that one?