(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.
Wailing Wall in Galaxy Science Fiction July 31/2
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.
Double Meaning in Startling Stories Jan. 41/2
You could get along all right in Standard, of course—everyone around the Spaceport and the Trade City speaks it.
Star of Danger (1985) 4
I didn’t know what they were talking about; none of them spoke Standard.
Switch on the Bull Run Jan. 48
She spoke Standard, with no real accent.
Dreamfall (2004) 153
‘You're not going to translate for me?’ Siggy was frightened again. ‘They speak Standard,’ he said.
Broken Time 255
As long as they used Standard, no one was going to be able to know what they were talking about.
March Upcountry (2002) 263
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.
Becoming One with the Ghosts in Asimov’s Science Fiction Oct.–Nov. 39
Then it spoke, in stilted but correct Standard, in a smoky contrived alto that made me flinch.
Machine iii. 34
Roger Dee, in Galaxy
Research HistoryRalf Brown submitted a 2000 cite from Maggy Thomas's "Broken Time".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Roger Dee, in Galaxy.
We have a quotation from a later edition of Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Star of Danger"; we would like to check this in the 1965 first edition.
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