You may have heard about Pidgin English, but you may not realize that there are any number of “mixed” languages which fall under the category known as Pidgin. The definition of the word Pidgin which is given by Dictionary.com lays it out as well as anyone: “[Pidgin is]an auxiliary language that has come into existence […]
PIDGIN: any simplified or broken form of a language, especially when used for communication between speakers of different languages.
Latin words are used regularly in the American English language as a reference to a concept that is best expressed in Latin. From such common terms as etcetera (etc.) to modus operendi (m.o.) we slip into them easily and assume that people know what they mean. Because they are used so frequently, most people do. […]
Well, it took some digging, but it turns out that there is a segment of the wordsmith population that would agree that there is no difference between historical and historic. Several resources make the point that historic is just a less common word meaning the same thing as historical. In both cases, they say that the words […]
I never think about the word okay. I just use it regularly without much thought. Garner’s Modern American Usage says the term is a casualism, meaning that it’s not really an accepted word in good usage. But I think Garner may be a little out of date with that thought. In today’s experience of speaking […]