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lingua franca -- (Italian)
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Gulliver's Travels
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  • There were several of his priests and lawyers present (as I conjectured by their habits), who were commanded to address themselves to me; and I spoke to them in as many languages as I had the least smattering of, which were High and Low Dutch, Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, and Lingua Franca, but all to no purpose.

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  • Except that English is its chief lingua franca and Newspeak its official language, it is not centralized in any way.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • She forbade boys like Grace and Bien from speaking to each other in Swahili and required them instead to speak English—the team’s lingua franca.
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