is not intended in any sense as a substitute for ordinary English for the purpose of international communication. It is simply one of several similar plans of providing foreign students of English with a first elementary vocabulary embodied in (a) a world-list and (b) interesting reading-matter composed almost entirely within the limits of that list.
(Palmer and Hornby 1937: 7)
Indeed, 'Thousand-Word English' was to prove its value in the continuing battle against Basic English during the wartime years, when the British Council recommended it in order to resist Churchill's support for the diffusion of Basic. (pp. xlvi-xlvii)