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lingua franca

Except that English is its chief lingua franca and Newspeak its official language, it is not centralized in any way.
George Orwell  --  1984
  a common language used by speakers of different languages
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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.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • At the mention of Monte Cristo Dantes started with joy; he rose to conceal his emotion, and took a turn around the smoky tavern, where all the languages of the known world were jumbled in a lingua franca.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It’s like, Cedric thinks, they’re both trying to figure something out-in this case, about their original lingua franca of music-and it doesn’t matter who gets to the right answer first, or even if there is a right answer.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen

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  • Media saturation may also provide what Dennis Baron called a "passive lingua franca."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Mice do not speak Lapine, but there is a very simple, limited lingua franca of the hedgerow and woodland.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • 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.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • "I asked you, my children," said the Prior, raising his voice, and using the lingua Franca, or mixed language, in which the Norman and Saxon races conversed with each other, "if there be in this neighbourhood any good man, who, for the love of God, and devotion to Mother Church, will give two of her humblest servants, with their train, a night’s hospitality and refreshment?"
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • [57] In his turn the immigrant seizes upon these plainest words as upon a sort of convenient Lingua Franca—his quick adoption of /damn/ as a universal adjective is traditional—and throws his influence upon the side of the underlying speech habit when he gets on in the vulgate.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • This Anglo-African mixture is still the lingua franca on the river, as we heard from the boatmen on the dock touting for passengers to Freetown, shouting, "Freetown-Freetown-Freetown, now-now-now-now," and, "Verygood-verygood-verygood."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?

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  • Ebonics is increasingly a lingua franca among Latino and some Asian teens as well as black ones, for example.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • There is scarcely a merchant ship-captain on deep water, of whatever nationality, who does not find some acquaintance with it necessary, and it has become, in debased forms, the /lingua franca/ of Oceanica and the Far East generally.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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Associated words [difficulty]:   lingua franca [7] , libretto [8] , intermezzo [9]
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