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See also: globish



Blend of global +‎ English, late 20th c.


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  1. A simplified version of the English language, not created but consisting of the most common English words and phrases, enabling non-English-speakers to communicate.
    Synonym: International English
    Coordinate term: ELF
    • 2006 August 6, Noam Cohen, “Language not pronounced trippingly on native tongue”, in New York Times[1]:
      The typical conversation in Globish could be grating to a native speaker, but get the job done between, say, a Kenyan and a Korean trying to navigate a business deal or asking for help at the airport check-in.
    • 2008, Mark Abley, The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches from the Future of English, page 98:
      Nobody is likely to grow up speaking Globish as a mother tongue.
    • 2011, Robert McCrum, Globish: How English Became the World's Language, W. W. Norton & Company →ISBN, page 280
      Across a dozen different time zones, financial journalists in each of these cities filed reports for their national desks, but the language of the crisis was unvaryingly Globish.
    • 2012, Gerard Kelly, Church Actually: Rediscovering the Brilliance of God's Plan, page 144:
      Perhaps most importantly, Globish cannot draw on the history and idioms of any one culture.
    • 2018, Gaston Dorren, Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages:
      Meanwhile, the local Englishes of Asian and African countries will become increasingly regional in flavour. But the rise of Globish may be prevented by the Babel chip.


  • French: globish


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