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What "do I think" Phil? I think your gonna be sorry you asked!(c:#*
Well first there really is no silly questions! I also think there are no easy answers to many questions.
I think that there is more than one possible/plausible answer to the doughboy question and that the "truth" will never be 100% known so I'm going with "all of the above". I believe that your explanation as how the term doughboy became so popular is without a doubt spot on. The telegraph with its ability to disseminate information almost "instantly", by early 20 centuary standards, throughout the entire globe combined with the railway systems and the improved road system permitted the fast destitution of newspapers with news often only hours old was revolutionary in the distribution of information.
Oh my god you did it again-another can of worms!
With- “this also happened with 'Gringo' from the same war i think - the maximillian expedition wore green uniforms and the mexicans shouted "green go" at them in english but with mexican accents and this became gringo. so if it happened for that word, it could have happened for adobe”!
How about this for an explanation for Gringo-
When Davie Crockett, Jim Bowie and the other heroes of Texas's war against Mexico were besieged in the Alamo, they had a small force of about eighty Scots mercenaries with them. The Scots' marching song was the folk-tune 'Green Grow the Rashes O' and that is why Santa Ana's army and finally the whole of Mexico called the Americans Gringos." There are two songs called “Green Grow the Rushes Oh” one is “traditional” author unknown the other is by none other than Robert Burns-both songs well known to the Scots.
Or alternatively we have-
English dictionaries say that the word gringo is derived from the Spanish word Griego, which means Greek, with the connotation of ``foreigner,'' much as in the English expression ``it's all Greek to me.''
Take your pick as to which is true!
Now just don’t as - "How did we get the term "G.I."?"