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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 587 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PIDGIN for PIGEON] ENGLISH, the lingua franca of the sea-ports of China, the Straits Settlements in the Far East, consisting in a jargon of corrupted English words with some inter-mixture 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."
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