Beach-la-Mar

Beach-la-Mar

[beech-luh-mahr]

Origin:
alteration of bêche-de-mer a well-known trade item in the region where this type of pidgin is spoken

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Beach-la-Mar (ˌbiːtʃləˈmɑː)
 
n
Also called: Biche-la-mar an English-based creole language spoken in Vanuatu and Fiji, and formerly much more widespread
 
[C19: quasi-French, from bêche-de-mer (trepang, this being a major trading commodity in the SW Pacific; hence the name was applied to the trading language)]

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