The word “espanglish” will appear in the next edition of the Dictionary of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, or DRAE, as an example of the contributions of Spanish-speakers in the United States to the Spanish language, the North American Academy of the Spanish Language said Tuesday.
The academy said that the DRAE has also agreed to incorporate for the first time the term “United-Statesism” to refer to words originated by Spanish-speakers in this country.
The 2014 edition of the DRAE will define espanglish as “a form of speech used by some Hispanic groups in the United States, in which they mix deformed elements of vocabulary and grammar from both Spanish and English.”
Academy director Gerardo Piña-Rosales said the fact that United-Statesisms appear in the DRAE for the first time represents a victory for his institution. More.