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  • B.B.C.: 'In a meeting with colleagues from around the world, including an Englishman, a Korean and a Brazilian, he noticed that he and the other non-native English speakers were communicating in a form of English that was completely comprehensible to them, but which left the Englishman nonplussed.

    'He, Jean-Paul Nerriere, could talk to the Korean and the Brazilian in this neo-language, and they could understand each other perfectly.

    'But the Englishman was left out because his language was too subtle, too full of meaning that could not be grasped by the others.

    'In other words, Monsieur Nerriere concluded, a new form of English is developing around the world, used by people for whom it is their second language.

    'It may not be the most beautiful of tongues, but in this day and age he says it is indispensible. He calls the language Globish and urges everyone - above all the French - to learn it tout de suite.'

    January 25, 2009