Galactic n. 2
a language commonly spoken throughout the galaxy; cf. Standard n.
Out of courtesy to his guests, he was speaking a mangled dialect of Galactic Standard; Beth wished irritably that he would talk Centaurian.
Centaurus Changeling in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 90
‘Welcome, welcome to Xilmuch!’ cried the man then in perfect Standard Galactic.
Mary Celestial in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 56/2
‘And—you say they speak Galactic.’ ‘Speak it rather well, with a kind of provincial accent.’
Monument in Analog Science Fact & Fiction June 69/1
A holiday atmosphere prevailed, the gaily dressed natives laughing and singing around the fires—singing in Galactic, an accomplishment that never ceased to intrigue Dillinger.
Monument in Analog Science Fact & Fiction June 153/2
‘She say, Hail, Lord of Stars,’ growled one of her squat escorts in Pidgin-Galactic.
Semley's Necklace in T. Shippey Oxford Book of Science Fiction (1992) 336
Do you really think he’ll speak an Earth-derived Galactic?
World of One’s Own in Amazing Stories Oct. 10/2
So I will end by having these people transcribe their speech into Galactic!
Color of Neanderthal Eyes 33
The sepoy spoke again. The meaning of the words finally penetrated. Oddly, Agayan was surprised more by the fact of those words than their actual content. He had not realized that Gha could speak Galactic beyond a few crude and simple phrases.
Carthago Delenda Est in Foreign Legions ii. 253
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a 1961 cite from Lloyd Biggle Jr.'s "Monument".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2001 cite from Eric Flint.
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