The World in Words

The World in Words podcast focuses on language. It covers everything from bilingual education to the globalization of English to Icelandic insults. Hosted by The World's Patrick Cox. Subscribe to the podcast: RSS iTunes

Hinglish: A Case of Reverse Colonization?

English is something of an open-source language: the people who speak it shape it, and add to it. No one has the authority to exclude words. That affects how English is spoken by its hundreds of millions of native speakers; also, how it's spoken by those who come to it as a second or third language. Those speakers are having a profound influence on English. Especially in country as large as India.