International English

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

The term is used in the computer industry. Confronted will a similar issue, the Linux community, and other Open Software 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.

An alternative definition for International English is English written for an audience without cultural references.