(the name of) a language spoken on multiple worlds or by multiple species; the common language of a group or place; cf. Galactic n. 2
We sent Xavier out to meet the first native that showed up, and the native talked to him. We heard it all by monitoring: his name was Tarvil, he spoke Terran Standard, and he was amicable.
It was in reasonably good Standard; so good, in fact, that Spangler conceived an instant suspicion that Pembun could speak Standard acceptably when he chose.
You could get along all right in Standard, of course—everyone around the Spaceport and the Trade City speaks it.
I didn’t know what they were talking about; none of them spoke Standard.
She spoke Standard, with no real accent.
‘You're not going to translate for me?’ Siggy was frightened again. ‘They speak Standard,’ he said.
As long as they used Standard, no one was going to be able to know what they were talking about.
I’m not sure what they speak. It sounded familiar when the woman started talking to us, but I couldn’t understand her. I thought at first that she was speaking Standard, but pronouncing it differently, so differently that I had trouble processing it. Then I realized that the words sounded familiar but weren’t familiar.
Then it spoke, in stilted but correct Standard, in a smoky contrived alto that made me flinch.
Roger Dee, in Galaxy
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