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Pidgin English

also pidgin English
Any of several pidgins based on English and now spoken mostly on the Pacific islands and in West Africa.

[Alteration of pigeon English, from Pidgin English pigeon, business, perhaps from a Chinese pronunciation of English business.]

pidgin English

(Languages) a pidgin in which one of the languages involved is English


(or Pidg′in) Eng′lish,

1. Chinese Pidgin English.
2. any of various other pidgins with lexicons taken primarily from English, as Bislama and New Guinea Pidgin.
[1820–30; pidgin, pigeon < Chinese Pidgin E: business, affair; orig. uncertain]

pidgin English

nPidgin-English nt

pidgin English

[ˈpɪdʒɪnˈɪŋglɪʃ] npidgin english m inv
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Kwaque demanded, who to his beche-de-mer English was already adding pidgin English.
com ('beta' pronounced as pidgin English for 'better') aims to significantly blow up the online booking market through its superior customer experience delivery, provision of the cheapest travel rates in the country, 95% success-rate visa advisory services to destinations like Dubai, London or Cape Town and world-class technology matched only by Telecommunication companies in Nigeria.
We spoke Igbo, could switch between a Canadian and Nigerian accent mid-sentence, and could understand Pidgin English.
Shipley presents hiplife as being simultaneously global--incorporating the latest fashions in international hip-hop music and culture--and local, through its use of Twi and pidgin English, both lingua francas in southern Ghana and among Ghanaian immigrant communities.
Thus, it is now becoming fashionable to see either illiterate, semi-literate or literate parents speaking Nigerian pidgin English, or a mixture of both Etsako and English, or Etsako and Nigerian pidgin English in communicating with the child.
There is Lionel Fogarty, whose postsurrealist poems incorporate words and phrases of his native Murri and pidgin English to create a linguistic portrait of the indigenous Australian conscience.
You say: The pidgin English was a bit annoying to start with but after a while I barely noticed it.
Besides French and English, he is fluent in Pidgin English and knows Bamilike and Hausa.
Often even pidgin English (that's not a toilet) is spoken rather than a local dialect.
Prince Charles speaking pidgin English was as hilarious as it was unsettling.
And some of it, especially the pidgin English they speak in the far future, is almost incomprehensible.
An early popular example was "Lolcats" - random photos of cats with bizarre pidgin English captions.