No Es Very Bueno

Dear Wab: Yes, ne, sì, sí, Don't believe the custodians of Cervantes: Spanglish is a beautiful cosa, as is every other pidgin tongue. Such mongrelization is inevitable, and is proof that a language is alive, that a culture can not only adapt to new environs, but can thrive and even enrich the host nation. I don't know about language patterns among immigration populations save for those that invaded America, and their impact on American English is what makes it so vibrant — on that subject, I defer to H.L. Mencken's pioneering The American Language or the recent How the Irish Invented Slang: The Secret Language of the Crossroads.

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