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PIDGIN [or PIGEON] ENGLISH, the lingua franca of the seaports of China, the Straits Settlements in the Far East, consisting in a jargon of corrupted English words with some intermixture of Portuguese and Malay, following Chinese idiomatic usage. It is employed as a means of communication between foreigners and the native Chinese. The word " pidgin " is the Chinese corruption of " business."

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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