What about your saucepans
Ten years in the life of a British woman
living in the Dominican Republic

What does 'Gringa' mean?

Find out what Gringa means. Gringa is explained by Lindsay de Feliz - author of What about your saucepans

Gringa

The word is used to refer to a foreigner in the Dominican Republic – gringo for a man and gringa for a woman. It is not pejorative, but the normal way of describing a foreigner. Many Dominicans dream of marrying a gringo or gringa thinking they are always rich. There are various theories as to where the word comes from. Some say it was derogatory against American soldiers in South America who plundered the Amazon – ‘green go’, and some as they wore green uniforms and they wanted the Americans to leave so hence green go as well. Another idea is that is refers to one of the songs the Americans would sing around the campfire “Green Grow the Rushes Oh”.

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Chapter 3: Family life
"...Gringa this time Danilo joined the Dominican Air Force as a karate expert, because he had a black belt. Being military personnel meant he could not be arrested. Since we had been together he had been arrested three times for no reason; before we met he had never been arrested. ..."

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