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There's also Filipino and Filipina. I suppose you're right in that the less familiar people are with these things, the more likely they are to default to the masculine -o form. Still, this is definitely an unusual phonemenon: gender agreement that only occurs on a couple words in the entire language, and is limited to certain sociolects but also among people familiar with that usage.

As an aside, I notice that Firefox red-underlines Filipina and gringa but not Filipino or gringo, showing a clear preference for only the masculine form.


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