The other evening on npr's All Things Considered there were a lot of outraged comments from listeners: they were upset at a commentator's repeated use of the term "gringo."
On the program earlier in the week, the commentator--a Latina--had repeatedly used the term "gringo" to refer generally and specifically to non-Latinos.
But is "gringo" an ethnic slur at all? Doesn't it just mean "white / North American"?
Imagine the implications for the workplace of not knowing whether a term is a slur or not!!!!