Can you believe it's been 10-years since Gustavo Arellano started his often humors, sometimes controversial, always honest column Ask a Mexican!? It's been an interesting way of using humor to get at a deeper cultural understanding. Those columns were published as a book in 2008.
The first column appeared in the OC Weekly November 11, 2004.
Pop Quiz: What was the first question published for his syndicated column?
Why do Mexicans call white people gringos?
Mexicans do not call gringos gringos. Only gringos call gringos gringos. Mexicans call gringos gabachos, which has its etymological roots in the Castillian slur for a French national and does not have anything to do with Don Gabacho, the main character in the classic 1960s Japanese puppet show Hyokkori Hyotan-Jima (Happenings on a Gourd-Shaped Island). So, next time you want to look cool in front of your Mexican friends, say, "I don't want that gabacho Mexican food they make at Taco Bell - I want the real pinche deal!