July 3, 2007

Another NEW Element

If you all know me, I like to "fun" it up a bit on my site... so, I'm adding 1 MORE ELEMENT.... it's called "Pidgin Word Of The Week". I'm going to choose a "pidgin" word and have an explaination for you within the element - and possibly even use the word frequently throughout the week.... BUT WAIT - before you go on and read what my word of the week is.... please read the following which I have taken from http://www.hawaiischoolreports.com/:

"It is a mistake to consider Pidgin "broken English". If anything was "broken", it was Hawaiian, since it is the Hawaiian language that forms the structure of Pidgin, as well as providing many of the colorful and descriptive words. It is also a mistake to assume that anyone speaking Pidgin is uneducated. Hawaii's Governor speaks Pidgin sometimes, as do most people who grew up in the islands. It's more appropriate to consider anyone speaking Pidgin as bilingual, for it is increasingly recognized as a language in its own right, one with a very rich and interesting history.

As with other Creole languages, Hawaiian Pidgin originally developed as a means for people who spoke different languages to learn to communicate with each other in order to do business. The first were European and American merchants who traded iron tools, cloth and other items for supplies of fresh food and water. Subsequently, contract workers were brought to the islands from China, Japan, the Philippines and other places, to work on the sugar plantations. Words and phrases from each of these languages worked their way into the language that all understood, the pidgin that has evolved into Hawaii's unofficial language. (Note: English and Hawaiian are each official languages.)"

My words are being choosen from Peppo's "Pidgin To Da Max" book pictured here.