Word of the day: lingua franca


1. a common language used by speakers of different languages

2. something that acts as a common language


The term lingua franca has appeared in 16 articles on NYTimes.com over the past year, including October 15 in Dan Bilefsky’s “Quebec Language Debate Spurs Eerie Sense of Deja-Vu”:

Reducing the percentage of French-speaking Quebecers who can attend English-speaking colleges is a measure that critics say will unfairly punish future generations of French-speaking Quebecers.

Julius Gray, a prominent human rights lawyer in Montreal who has argued landmark cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, told me he was concerned that limiting the teaching of English to young people Francophones are reducing their career horizons in a world where lingua franca is English.

“Francophones will be lulled by the idea that you don’t need English to be successful in your career in North America, which you don’t,” he said.

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