Attempting to make conversation, the man said in Chinese pidgin, “You likee food?”
But "pidgin" English is fast giving way to pure English, spoken most commonly with a marked American accent.
This is not Braithwaite's pidgin but Woodward's and there was no help for it.
His wife, obedient creature though she was, spoke almost no pidgin—business—English; and besides that, she was a poor bargainer.
Soosie, he told in his pidgin English, had been given to him by her uncle.
Him smokee too much opium pipe; he no mind his pidgin plaupa, he smokee alla day.
I was waited on mostly by a lad named Chung, one of the professors of "pidgin."
pidgin or pidgin-speech may be defined as that variety of a language which is used exclusively by foreigners.
And I thought for once that her lapse into pidgin had been deliberate and not accidental.
I therefore not only cautioned him myself in pidgin English, but instructed my Chinese clerk and interpreter to do so also.
1876, from pigeon English (1859), the reduced form of the language used in China for communication with Europeans, from pigeon (1826), itself a pidgin word, representing a Chinese pronunciation of business. Meaning extended 1891 to "any simplified language."