Program vs. programme

In British English, program refers to computer programs and their programming, and programme is used for all other senses of the word. New Zealanders tend to go along with the British distinction, and programme is preferred by government and the media. Australians have for several decades been moving steadily to adopt program for all senses, but programme is still used, albeit much less commonly, and seldom in the media and official publications. Americans and Canadians don’t use programme at all, preferring program for all senses of the word.

Program is inflected programs, programming, programmer, and programmed. Programme makes programmes, programming, programmer, and programmed.

Examples

U.S., Canada, and Australia

Publicly funded programs have enabled 1.2 million more children to gain health insurance since 2008. [Washington Post]

They will try different jobs – and maybe different programs – before settling on one. [The Globe and Mail]

It is concerned about the lack of educational and rehabilitation programs in prisons. [Sydney Morning Herald]

Programme (U.K.)

The Home Office funded-project was set up in April 2007 as part of the government’s wider Prevent counterterrorism programme. [Guardian]

The IMF was on the verge of agreeing a new programme in September to replace a previous $120m facility. [Financial Times]

Over the past few days the programme has been systematically roasted by commentators on all sides. [Telegraph]

Program (U.K.)

From here, the attacker downloads a program onto the phone that is able to decrypt passwords held on it. [Guardian]

Another program, Maya, is the de facto tool for computer animation, and is used extensively throughout the film industry. [Financial Times]

The freeware solution is a program suite called Videora Converter. [Telegraph]

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