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  1. pidginnoun

    an artificial language used for trade between speakers of different languages


  1. pidginnoun

    an amalgamation of two disparate languages, used by two populations having no common language as a lingua franca to communicate with each other, lacking formalized grammar and having a small, utilitarian vocabulary and no native speakers.

    Middle English likely began as a pidgin between the Norman invaders and the Anglo-Saxon-speaking (Old English) occupants of Britain. Otherwise, how could they have gotten any business done?

    Etymology: From pigeon English, from a Chinese attempt to pronounce the English word business during trades in the Far East.


  1. Pidgin

    A pidgin, or pidgin language, is a simplified language that develops as a means of communication between two or more groups that do not have a language in common. It is most commonly employed in situations such as trade, or where both groups speak languages different from the language of the country in which they reside. Fundamentally, a pidgin is a simplified means of linguistic communication, as it is constructed impromptu, or by convention, between individuals or groups of people. A pidgin is not the native language of any speech community, but is instead learned as a second language. A pidgin may be built from words, sounds, or body language from multiple other languages and cultures. Pidgins allow people or a group of people to communicate with each other without having any similarities in language and do not have any rules, as long as both parties are able to understand each other. Pidgins can be changed and do not follow a specific order. Pidgins usually have low prestige with respect to other languages. Not all simplified or "broken" forms of a language are pidgins. Each pidgin has its own norms of usage which must be learned for proficiency in the pidgin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PIDGIN in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PIDGIN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  1. Helen Epega:

    I just wasn't able to communicate with people the way I wanted to, and being in Lagos you hear so many different languages and so many different tribes, but the one we all speak is pidgin.... I think more people will be able to understand the opera and feel less intimidated ...because I think opera is for everyone.

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