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Gringo: Another explanation
Gordon Jackson mentions another possible etymology of "gringo":
"Re the origin of "gringo," another explanation that I heard when I was studying/teaching Spanish is that it came from "Green, go," a command given to green-uniformed American soldiers whom the Mexicans preferred to see on the other side of the border. Although this hypothesis avoids the problem of phonetic discrepancies between "gringo" and its supposed origin, it is in all likelihood simply a good example of what linguists call folk etymology. Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary posits an origin that you have mentioned already--an alteration of griego, Greek, stranger, from Latin Graecus. This makes perfect sense, but the challenge for the historical linguist is to explain the presence of the [n]."
Ronald Hilton - 5/2/01