RE: Lingua Franca Today

Subject: RE: Lingua Franca Today
From: Jim Hager <jhager -at- techrx -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 17:52:54 -0500


I've been a tech writer for a long while in the USA. I've worked for several
companies that had divisions or people around the globe.

I do not know what the term Franca Lingua means. I do know that it is not a
techie or a geek term. It's not in any of the 5 or 6 computer dictionaries I
have at my desk.

My caveat is that I came to tech writing from the tech side of the business
not the English language side of the business.

Bottom line: I suggest that you do not use term; even if you do explain it.
It seems pretentious and ostentatious, to be redundant.

Jim Hager
jhager -at- techrx -dot- com
tech writer

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Subject: Lingua Franca Today
From: kelley <kwalker2 -at- gte -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 13:10:20 -0500
X-Message-Number: 43

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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