Terms and Abbreviations

By Service | 21 August, 2020

The following list contains terms, acronyms and abbreviations used on this site or within projects.


AGM: Annual General Meeting

ALC: American Literacy Council

Alliance: A group of joined parties, composed of partners, language experts, sponsors, ambassadors, working towards the support of Colish.

API: Application Programming Interface - A computer interface for data exchange.

AU: Australia - ISO 3166-2 code.


Bootstrap: A term used to refer to a self-starting process. In the Initiative it is the name of the startup phase to get the community to empower Colish.

BS - Bahamas - ISO 3166-2 code.


CA: Canada - ISO 3166-2 code.

CE: Common English


CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - International standard for describing language ability.


CfE: Co (Colish) for Europe - Campaign

CIRS: Co (Colish) Integration and Rollout Strategy - A strategy for a country.

CN: China - ISO 3166-2 code.

CNL: Controlled Natural Language - A subset of natural languages used to eliminate ambiguity and complexity (i.e. SeaSpeak, Aviation English)

Co: The short spoken form for COmmon English.

Co1: The name of the first version of Colish

Co2: The name of the second version of Colish

Co5s: Colish five S’s Program.

CoCon: The CoWorld Convention

Coedic: Common English dictionary.

COGA: COmmon Global Alliance

Colish: COmmon EngLISH

COLUB: COmmon Language hUB - A hub for the exchange of language assets such as dictionaries.

CoRise: Program to introduce Colish across the globe.

CoTest: Common Test - Collection of test processes.


DevOps: Software development (Dev) and information technology operations (Ops). A set of practices often used in conjunction with software development.

DB: Database


Ecosystem: The Colish world, consisting of partners, systems.

Edge: A newer Colish version which is in development, being socially tested.

ELT: English Language Teaching

EN: English

ENLP: English Native Language People

enlingua: English lingua - the english tongues of the largest population countries AU, CA, GB, IE, US, NZ, ZA as well as others.

ESLP: English Second Language People

ESW: English Speaking World


FS: Feature Set - A collection of product features.


GB: Great Britain - ISO 3166-2 code.

GI: Gibraltar - ISO 3166-2 code.

Global upgrade: A name for the concept of upgrading the global common English dictionary to v1.

GSL: General Service List - A list of common spoken words


HLT: Human Language Technologies

HQ: Headquarters


IELTS: International English Language Testing System - Cambridge University powered testing system.

Initiative: The commons powered forum for getting Colish going.

ID: Indonesia - ISO 3166-2 code.

IE: Ireland - ISO 3166-2 code.

IN: India - ISO 3166-2 code.

IM: Isle of Man - ISO 3166-2 code. A British Crown dependency.


JE: Jersey - ISO 3166-2 code. A British Crown dependency.


LAS: League of Arab States LoI: Letter of Intent LP: Landing page LTS: Long Term Support


MfC: Musicians for Co - Campaign


NGSL: New General Service List - A list of the most frequent words used in the English language.

NRS: New Readability Standard

NG: Nigeria - ISO 3166-2 code.

ngE: Next Generation English - Long term target for a simple Common English.

NZ: New Zealand - ISO 3166-2 code.


Org: Organisation OUP: Oxford University Press


Phonics: ‘Phonics is a method of instruction that teaches students correspondences between graphemes in written language and phonemes in spoken language and how to use these correspondences to read and spell words. Phonics instruction is systematic when all the major grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught and they are covered in a clearly defined sequence’. (Dr. Linnea Ehri)

PLM: Product Lifecycle Management / Managed.


Retro: Colish Retro is the generic name of the English “version” as written in the 20th Century.

RF: Russian Federation


SC: Seychelles - ISO 3166-2 code.

SG: Singapore - ISO 3166-2 code.

Spelling Reform: An attempt to regularise English spelling, whether by enforcing a regular set of rules, or by replacing the basic English alphabet with a new one.

Spelling Unification: An attempt to regularise English spelling, by enforcing a regular set of rules.

Stable: A Colish version which is being distributed with a long term life.

Std: Standard

Sunrise: When 1 Billion people (of the 2 Billion that speak it ) choose to use Colish as the default EN dictionary on their phones.

Subset: Reforms that use a restricted wordlist and grammar.


TBD: To Be Defined - It will be specified later.

TESS: The English Spelling Society - An institute based in London with worldwide membership.

TSG: Test Service Grid

TSU: Test Service Unit


UK: United Kingdom - ISO 3166-2 code.

US: United States (of America) - ISO 3166-2 code.

UN: United Nations


v1: Version 1

VAR: Value Added Reseller

VG: Virgin Islands (British) - ISO 3166-2 code.

VI: Virgin Islands (U.S.) - ISO 3166-2 code.


ZA: South Africa - ISO 3166-2 code.

ZW: Zimbabwe - ISO 3166-2 code.