Lingua Franca Today

Subject: Lingua Franca Today
From: kelley <kwalker2 -at- gte -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 13:10:20 -0500

Hi folks,

A question: I'd written a report with a section in it on router attacks, geared toward techs and the executives in an IT dept:

"The border gateway protocol (BGP) is a critical component of the Internet's routing infrastructure. It serves as a lingua franca between routers made by different manufacturers. When a company needs to move information from Manhattan to Milan in the click of a mouse, routers speak BGP to one another in order to move network traffic without losing it. "

upon review, someone--an executive in the IT dept--wrote to ask what lingua franca meant in geek speak. he thought it was a contemporary phrase from the geek world.

so, i thought i'd stick a little sidebar/call out box in the report with a brief history of the phrase.

what exactly do we call the english that is the lingua franca of the contemporary corporate world?

corporate english? business english? american english? ??



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