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Globish: a simple global English

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 31, 2010

Globish is a “decaffeinated English” that is increasingly becoming a widely used international language.

The Times journalist Ben Macintyre described how, waiting for a flight from Delhi, he had overheard a conversation between a Spanish UN peacekeeper and an Indian soldier. “The Indian spoke no Spanish; the Spaniard spoke no Punjabi. Yet they understood one another easily. The language they spoke was a highly simplified form of English, without grammar or structure, but perfectly comprehensible, to them and to me. Only now,” he concluded, “do I realise that they were speaking ‘Globish’, the newest and most widely spoken language in the world.”

More info at Wikipedia and the NY Times…it’s soon to be a book as well.

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