American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Spanish characterized by numerous borrowings from English.
- Blend of Spanish and English. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term Spanglish came into existence between 1965 and 1970 and refers to any expression in Spanish that borrows parts of English, especially as substitutions of Spanish words.”
“Fighting Spanglish is good for the purity of the language but Spanglish will win in the every day life as it fills a need.”
“My all-time favorite thing I ever heard (yes, it was said in my presence, in a client's living room) in Spanglish is this: Woman chastises her child, who is twisting the knob on the television: "Deja de monkear con la tele o te doy una buena!”
“To quote a line from the film "Spanglish" - "Lately, your low self-esteem is just good common sense.”
“And this time the mix is known as Spanglish or Tex-Mex.”
“It speaks two languages plus an indigenous hybrid known as "Spanglish" (box); it has its own music with roots in both traditions (following story) and a religion that borrows from the vivid Indio-Catholicism of Mexico and the ecstatic faith-healing tradition of the Anglo settlers.”
“Using "Spanglish" to appeal to bilingual youngsters, one line echoes "Listen to me gente, es tiempo para algo diferente" (listen to me people, it's time for something different).”
“Some of us may feel empowered by the challenge of taking it all on, being the best, as Tea Leoni's "Spanglish" character did on her uphill morning run, but really, this perfectionism is not empowerment.”
“Under its sitcom setup -- beautiful Latina housekeeper who speaks no English goes to work for rich, dysfunctional white family in Bel Air -- James L. Brooks's "Spanglish" has a lot on its mind.”
“Spanglish" isn't Brooks's best (a tall order), but it feels like one of his most personal.”
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