american-english(5)      (16 June 2003)       american-english(5)

          american-english - a list of English words

          /usr/share/dict/american-english is an ASCII file which con-
          tains an alphabetic list of words, one per line.

          There may be any number of word lists in /usr/share/dict/.
          /etc/dictionaries-common/words is a symbolic link to the
          currently-chosen /usr/share/dict/<language> file.
          /usr/share/dict/words is a symbolic link to
          /etc/dictionaries-common/words, and is the name by which
          other software should refer to the system word list.  See
          select-default-wordlist(8) for more information, and/or to
          change the currently-chosen word list.

          The directory /usr/share/dict can contain word lists for
          many languages, with name of the language in English, e.g.,
          /usr/share/dict/french and /usr/share/dict/danish contain
          respectively lists of French and Danish words if they exist.
          Such lists should be coded using the ISO 8859-1 character
          set encoding.

          ispell(1), select-default-wordlist(8), and the Filesystem
          Hierarchy Standard.

          The words lists are not specific, and may be generated from
          any number of sources.

          The system word list used to be /usr/dict/words. For compat-
          ibility, software should check that location if
          /usr/share/dict/words does not exist.

          Word lists are collected and maintained by various authors.
          The Debian English word lists are built from the SCOWL
          (Spell- Checker Oriented Word Lists) package, whose upstream
          editor is Kevin Atkinson <>.

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