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"We follow the scientists around and look over their shoulders. They're watching their feet: provable mistakes are bad for them. We're looking as far ahead as we can, and we don't get penalized for mistakes."
- Larry Niven

Sol-Ido  
  The universal language of interplanetary travelers.  

Kal watched solemnly the weaving of the muscles under the smooth skin of his friend’s broad back. Then: “He’s been stirring up things between decks, as well,” he muttered, in English.

Ridge looked up from the wash bowl, surprised. Ordinarily they conversed in Sol-ido, the universal language of interplanetary travelers. “Think it means trouble?” he asked, likewise switching to his own mother tongue and lowering his voice.

From Water-Bound World, by Harl Vincent.
Published by Amazing Stories Quarterly in 1932
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