International Fleet Common (also known as I.F. Common, Common, or Standard) was the official language of the International Fleet, Hegemony, and later the Free People of Earth. It was adapted from American English with minor changes.
After the founding of the International Fleet and the Hegemony, a common language was needed to unify humanity against the Formics. The leadership of the Hegemony decided to make small changes to American English and create a language from it, calling it International Fleet Common.
Starways Congress Era
Differences between Common and American English
There were several differences between American English and International Fleet Common, including:
- 'Whom' was abolished from the language.
- The word 'of' was changed to ov, or simply 'v'.
- The letters 'ph' were replaced with 'f'.
- Several Slang terms were added to the language.