[Taxacom] lingua franca
SmissenR at landcareresearch.co.nz
Thu Jul 21 16:52:18 CDT 2011
I see from a quick look at Wikipedia that I had misunderstood the etymology of "lingua franca" (...whereby all Western Europeans were called "Franks"...).
I had thought the use of the phrase in the current context was ironic.
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