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International English

(The validity of this definition is disputed)

The term International English or international English is sometimes used as a collective term for those variants of the English language used in the British Commonwealth, such as British English, Canadian English, Australian English, New Zealand English and South African English.

In the computer industry, confronted with a similar issue, the Linux community, and other Open Source groups, have chosen to use the term Commonwealth English for the same purpose.

Some of these forms of English have their own separate, recognised dictionaries. Australian English has had the Macquarie Dictionary[?] since 1981 and in 1998 Oxford University Press published dictionaries for both Canadian English and New Zealand English after extended research in these English speaking countries.


A common definition of International English is English written for an audience without cultural references.



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