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On 2012-06-23 12:53 PM webmaster-Kracked_P_P wrote:

With all the "issues" about my version of a British word list dictionary, I decided to get out of my sick bed and do something that would make the same people more angry at me.

I really appreciated your large word list for the Canadian English dictionary. I was not angry over a couple of mistakes, and you did correct them quickly.

However, the version you give a link to in this post makes it useless.

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NOW - what I did. . . .



I took all three 638K word lists - American, British, and Canadian - and compared them. As far as I could tell, there were less than 100 words that were not in at least two out of the three lists. I could be wrong, but that is what I came up with.

You have combined all the spelling variants into one dictionary. This makes it useless for spell checking. How do I know which of these are the correct spellings in Canadian English? color/colour, favor/favour, defence/defense, defencible/defensible, dialog/dialogue, program/programme,

Unless the  spell checker gives the normal spelling for my country it is useless.
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AS for spellings that are not matching everyone's preferred spelling, that is easy . . . .

A spell checker needs to matched the normal spellings for the country it is being used in.

Languages Evolve and even in the same country people can spell a word differently and still be correct.

That is not the issue. The there are major differences in spelling between GB English and US English. Having both spellings show as correct in a spell checker makes it useless. In fact, it is no longer a spell checker.

If you go to

and look, you will find Spanish dictionaries for various regions. You want to argue with them that they are not spelling their words correctly?


No, the spellings of words evolve and can be used in each variation. Do I tell people that "colour" or "menue" are not the correct spellings of these words, since they are not the spellings I use?

No. But the spell checker for the version of the English language I use should tell me. That is the purpose of a spell checker. Mine show "colour" as correct and "menue" as incorrect.

They should be "color" and "menu" according to my email client, BUT both ways are spelled correctly if you look at resource that does not say this is the preferred spelling so any other correct spellings are not to be used anymore.

A spell checker needs to show the preferred spelling for the version of English you are using.

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Larry I. Gusaas
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Canada
"An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs." - Edgard Varese

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