Re: Lingua Franca Today
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? ??
Following the definition in the dictionary, English.
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