"broken English"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 19 16:30:31 UTC 2009

 Now it means "English spoken with a strong foreign accent." Before playing
the tape of a California  employee of ACORN defending himself
against alleged wrongdoing, FOX News warned that he would be "speaking in
broken English,"

He did have a very strong Spanish accent, but his command of English syntax
and vocabulary seemed absolutely average to me.

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