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Gringo, What’s in a Word?

By Juliana Tafur, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - “A-tok-a” is the term used to refer to foreigner in Taiwanese. Curiously, the word’s approximate translation is “big nose”. In Haitian Creole, “blan” is synonymous for white person, derived from the french word “blanc”.

Ask a Brazilian and they will tell you “Gringo” means foreigner. But who exactly is a 'Gringo'?

“I’d find it very hard to look at a person from Argentina and tell them they’re a 'Gringo'. I think the term is used more for people of the northern hemisphere,” says Rio de Janeiro native . . .

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