Pigeon English

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pigeon English an extraordinary and grotesque dialect, employed in the commercial cities of China, as the medium of communication between foreign merchants and the Chinese. Its base is English, with a mixture of Portuguese and Hindustani.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
perhaps a corruption of business English

Usage

In literature:

He spoke pigeon English fairly.
"Moran of the Lady Letty" by Frank Norris
Scraps floated to him, scraps like Pigeon English, like 'nigger' dialect, blurred and mangled distortions.
"When the Sleeper Wakes" by Herbert George Wells
Now, the stool-pigeon in this trick is a swell English crook.
"Within the Law" by Marvin Dana
So I did not waste time with Pigeon English.
"The Window-Gazer" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
The count was spinning a pigeon English yarn of how he'd fought a duel with rapiers.
"Cape Cod Stories" by Joseph C. Lincoln
Nigh as I could make out from his pigeon English he was tellin' me there was a cup there.
"Kent Knowles: Quahaug" by Joseph C. Lincoln
PIGEON ENGLISH, a jargon used in commercial dealings with the Chinese, being a mixture of English, Portuguese, and Chinese.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
A picturesque fringe of pigeon English decorates the coasts of Africa, Asia and Oceanica.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, No. 97, January, 1876" by Various
We made signs to him to come up, and up he came, speaking a kind of pigeon English.
"In the Wrong Paradise" by Andrew Lang
And now for Charley, whom I have kept talking pigeon-English to Akong all this time.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 4, February 1878" by Various
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In poetry:

The pigeons from the dove cote cooed over the old lane,
The crow flocks from the oakwood went flopping oer the grain;
Like lots of dear old neighbours whom I shall see no more
They greeted me that morning I left the English shore.
"The Sailor-Boy" by John Clare

In news:

Secrets from World War II may have been found in a coded message attached to the skeleton of a carrier pigeon found in an English chimney.
Pigeon English , by Stephen Kelman.
Pigeon English , by Stephen Kelman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 288 pp.
' Pigeon English ' a remarkable debut.
What do Room, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Pigeon English have in common.
Pigeon English The story of a boy whose new feathered friend may cost him some of his old human ones.
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