Lingua Franca

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Lingua Franca

A language used when two or more speakers do not share a native language. A lingua franca is useful in international business, because participants may have different backgrounds. English and French are both examples of a lingua franca commonly used in business.
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Money is the lingua franca of our culture, the common tongue of the world.
It brings the law into disrepute; it "disses" the law, as they say in the common tongue.
The early church struggled when the original language of the liturgy, Greek, was dumped for the common tongue of the people, Latin.
Analysts credit the language of the World Wide Web, otherwise known as HTML or hypertext markup language, for creating a common tongue.
Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Koreans, Asian Indians, Vietnamese, and others share no common tongue, faith, or history.
North/South divides are not unusual throughout much of the world, although you'd be forgiven for thinking Wales would be more immune to the phenomenon than most, given our incredible wealth of shared history and our shared common tongue - in theory at least.
Do you find the proposed change to be in keeping with the advance of our glorious, almost common tongue as evidenced by:
s Babel-like factions can meet and search for a common tongue.
Tempering his criticism of Lebed with a conciliatory gesture, Chubais said there was a chance that the prime minister and the national security adviser ``will find a common tongue.
Chloe has also recently produced another animated music video for the Brighton-based experimental folk band, Common Tongues.