Sacramento CPE: A Chinese vegetable vender


(Image source: Huntington Library)

Let’s take a break to celebrate that other West Coast pidgin language…

You sabbee?


A Chinese vegetable vender informed his customers yesterday: “No more veg’ble ‘fore Monday. You sabbee, I likee celeblate.

— from the Sacramento (CA) Daily Record-Union of July 4, 1885, page 5, column 3

What do you think?