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shakabatt

shakabatt  n.— «There is no more shakabatt [pidgin English for fighting], no more chopping people, because of the street lights.» —“As street lights return to Liberia, so does hope” by Prue Clarke in Monrovia...

sing-sing

sing-sing  n.— «Women and children also dressed in traditional finery danced and sang at the event, known in PNG pidgin as a “sing-sing.”» —“PNG tribes put on a show of colours” by Lloyd Jones in Goroka...

lummi stick

lummi stick  n.— «Youngsters will learn to cook with a stick over an open fire, make a “lummi stick”—a cylindrical percussion instrument—and add a few words to their vocabulary from the WaWa jargon, a pidgin once used by Oregon...

wantok

wantok  n.— «Feuds can last months, even years, in a country in which allegiance to “wantok,” literally “one talk,” the pidgin English term for a person’s language group or tribe, is paramount.» —“Tribal rows...

bagarap

bagarap  adj.— «Roads and hospitals, he said, are “bagarap”—the pidgin word for broken down; literally “buggered up.”» —“Papua New Guinea—killing fields of the Pacific” by Nick Squires New...

arse-grass

arse-grass  n.— «They sported glittering head-dresses made from bird of paradise feathers, and round their waists they wore grass kilts, known somewhat cheekily in Papua New Guinea’s Pidgin English as “arse-grass...