ANGLO-HYBRID

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ANGLO-HYBRID. A recent term for a relatively informal mix of English and another language: ‘Although the various Anglo-hybrids are currently unstable, the hybridity itself is stable enough …If past situations are anything to go by, those languages affected today will undergo irreversible change, as English did after the Danish invasions and the Norman Conquest’ ( Tom McArthur, ‘The Coming Hybrids’, Verbatim: The Language Quarterly 29: 3, Winter 1993). The phenomenon has been particularly noted in the 20c, giving rise to such often facetious but troubled terms as Spanglish, for English mixed with SPANISH, especially in the US, and Taglish, for English mixed with TAGALOG in the Philippines. See CODE-MIXING AND CODE-SWITCHING.