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hybrid
used in Do You Speak American?

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Definition
something of mixed origin
in various senses, including:
  • of cars — powered by both electricity and gasoline
  • in biology — a plant or animal produced by crossbreeding
  • in linguistics — a word that is composed of parts from different languages (e.g., monolingual has a Greek prefix and a Latin root)
  • Language is a growing thing, like a perennial garden, always throwing off new shoots, sometimes even new hybrids, needing constant thinning and pruning to preserve its vitality and beauty.
    three — Toward a Standard: Putting the "R" in "American" (56% in)
  • If so, we would end up with Mexifornia—he has written a book with this title—a "hybrid civilization," in which "Spanish has equal status with English and there is little Americanization."
    five — Hispanic Immigration: Reconquest or Assimilation? (62% in)
  • What is evident is that when Spanish and English rub against each other intimately they produce hybrids.
    five — Hispanic Immigration: Reconquest or Assimilation? (79% in)
  • Spanglish is not the only Spanish-English hybrid.
    five — Hispanic Immigration: Reconquest or Assimilation? (83% in)
  • Baz Dreisinger, who teaches at Queens College, New York, speaks of "a new racial frontier that shaped American culture and especially American music— the frontier that optimists call racial hybridity and pessimists call cultural theft."
    six — Bad-mouthing Black English (96% in)

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