Lingua Franca: A mixed language or jargon used in the Levant, consisting largely of Italian words deprived of their inflexions. Also transf.
Any mixed jargon formed as a medium of intercourse between people speaking different languages.
Fig. 1870 LOWELL, Among my bks. Ser. I. 170 "What concern have we with the shades of dialect in Homer or Theocritus, provided they speak the spiritual lingua franca that abolishes all alienage of race?"
In other words, Lingua Franca is The Review of Academic Life: the magazine for anyone with an intellectual, or a morbid, curiosity about academic goings-on.
Lingua Franca is now contributing a monthly roundup of academic news to the on-line magazine Slate. Look for the "Egghead" column.