Engrish

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From the mispronunciation of the word English common to Japanese speakers, who have difficulty distinguishing "L" and "R" sounds. The Japanese transliteration of the word "English", イングリッシュ (Ingurisshu) is often used for teaching purposes. In that word, /ɾ/ (romanised as "r") is pronounced instead of the English /l/.

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Engrish

  1. (sometimes pejorative) Ungrammatical, unorthographical or nonsensical English, especially that which is found in East Asia, notably in Japan.
    • 2003, Bruce L. Russell, Channelling Henry, page 129:
      'Why you not teach Engrish more? I must aspeak[sic] Engrish.' The Chelsea's resident mad painter was angry at the way Jeremy had been ignoring him.

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