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In Costa Rica, Gringo means a person from the United States. It is used for white people, people of African descent, and even Mexican-Americans who speak Spanish.


I´ve heard this word used by a Vietnamese interviewee in exactly the same derogatory sense as it is often used -nay, usually used - in Spanish, irrespective of the Spanish-speaking country concerned. Whether or not it is pushed as very offensive or just slightly offensive, the sense is the same as "chink" "paki" "kraut" "commie" etc; there is no way to ...

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