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Pidgin Pt. 1

Much like Spam musubi, lei, and the ocean, Pidgin is an integral part of local Hawaiian culture and identity. And while some people, including many locals, still think of Pidgin as merely being bad English, linguists identify it as a creole language (a distinct language that's taken much of its vocabulary from another language but has its own grammatical rules). And because it's so important, I figured it'd be worth it to split it into two separate posts. So today I'll talk about Pidgin, what it is, and how it's thought of. Then later on in a second part, I'll talk a bit about some common words/phrases that you'll hear and their origins in different languages.

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