Luke K. (via email)

Posted on 09 Sep 2019

I am fascinated by your research into Grenglish. I was born and brought up in London, UK, originally of Greek Cypriot descent, and now reside in Canada. At the risk of sounding arrogant, I can honestly say that I am fluent in Grengish, and see a strong analogy with Yiddish, which as a linguist I am sure you will appreciate is more German than Hebrew. I am not at all surprised that Grenglish has a vocabulary of some couple of thousand words. Here are some that I recalled in a few minutes.

Oranga - orangeade

Platforma - Platform (at train station)

Forma - Form (document to fill in)

Specialistas (male) - specialist especially in medical field

Specialista (female) specialist especially in medical field

Manegerena (female) manager (male form is almost identical to English)

Gouboni (coupon)

Stobber (from stop) - brake/s of a car

Resta (from rest) - change from a monetary cash transaction

Grilla - grill

Restorra (restaurant)

Cheinezos (male) Chinese person

Cheineza (female) Chinese person

Cheineziga Chinese language

Dustbiaris (male) Dustman or Garbage collector

Dustbia dustbins (singular form is almost identical to English)

Cubba - cupboard

Garbulader - carburetor (of a car engine)

Souitsarigo (from sweet) - sweet or candy shop

Groceris (male) - grocer

Letta - lettuce