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Recent Examples of pidgin from the Web
Where Spicer was a career cog in the Republican machine, Scaramucci is a swaggering New Yorker who speaks in the same clunky business pidgin as the president and can drop names nearly as prodigiously too.
Sometimes her Native American characters speak a cigar-store pidgin to one another, only to drop it further down on the same page.
Many cats and their human companions seem to develop a pidgin language in order to communicate better.
Pidgins are typically created out of extreme necessity—
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The History of pidgin
The history of pidgin begins in the early 19th century in the South China city of Guangzhou. Chinese merchants interacting with English speakers on the docks in this port adopted and modified the word business in a way that, by century's end, had become pidgin. The word itself then became the descriptor of the unique communication used by people who speak different languages. Pidgins generally consist of small vocabularies (Chinese Pidgin English has only 700 words), but some have grown to become a group's native language. Examples include Sea Island Creole (spoken in
Origin and Etymology of pidgin
First Known Use: 1869See Words from the same year
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