The Midnight Rider (sabinelagrande) wrote in linguaphiles,
The Midnight Rider

Gringo in Argentina?

So, I'm writing a story set in Argentina (in Corrientes), but I'm having some trouble with use of the word "gringo". From my googling, which wasn't particularly helpful, I saw that it's used in Argentina, but I can't really figure out what connotation is has. I'm familiar with how it's used in Guatemala (i.e. to mean white but also outsider/intruder), and that's the meaning I'm trying to convey. Is "gringo" the word I want, or is there a more appropriate one for Argentina?
Tags: slang, south america, spanish
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In Argentina they use synecdoches for some nationalities: the Spanish are ALL called Gallegos even if they are from Madrid. People from the US are called 'yanquis' (even if you are from Alabama you will still be called a yankee in Argentina). They use gringo much less frequently, but it does exist..

Thanks! This was really helpful.
Gringo is a racist slur for Caucasian people who are mainly Americans. It's more of a light slur, but be careful if you're going to use it.


April 6 2014, 19:01:09 UTC 3 years ago Edited:  April 6 2014, 19:01:39 UTC

Probably irrelevant point: according to Gustavo Arellano (the columnist who writes "Ask A Mexican") Mexican Spanish speakers in California say "gabacho" to refer to Anglos. But Anglos still think the word is "gringo."
Huh. I never knew that!


April 11 2014, 18:07:17 UTC 3 years ago Edited:  April 11 2014, 18:08:48 UTC

Actually, I have never met anyone in Argentina who used the word "gringo" to refer to someone from the United States. As a matter of fact, I have only ever heard it used to mean an Italian, or someone of Italian ancestry...

I'm Italian and living in Argentina for most of my life, btw ;)