aspell's Dismal Vocabulary Size

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The unix aspell is really bad. So many common words it doesn't know. Here's a list i've added. Add the following to the file ~/.aspell.en.pws. (the first line in the following file is special. Don't over-ride the first line in your file.)

personal_ws-1.1 en 11 
backtick
meritable
utopian
programable
employability
downloadable
thru
heterogeneousness
euphemized
miscommunication
login
immersive
fandom
proselytization
youngling
microcephalic
endianness
pinky
natively
liers
chantable
screenshots
lol
blockquote
exemplarily
programer's
programers
neuroscientist
lookup
exposit
hotkey
blocky
builtin
ubiquitousness
screenshot
weblog
programer
subfolders
superset
datatype
keybinding
other's
malware
toruses
polytope
combinatorics
incenter
automata
Calculational
regex
regex's
Logitech
ErgoEmacs
FSF's
Cygwin
unix
Solaris
Googlers
Erlang
Mathematica
Mathematica's
OCaml
Scala
perl's
JScript
newLISP
Clojure
perl
elisp
javascript
JavaScript
MySQL
Prolog
PowerShell
PHP
LaTeX
emacs
emacs's
unixes
linux
Unixers
unixers
Ctrl
Picasa
PhotoShop
Xah

this list i only recently compiled, about a month's worth casual adding words from my own writings. (I started to use spell checking heavily because emacs 24 made spell checking 25 times faster on Windows, bringing it to the same speed as emacs for linux. 〔☛ New Features in Emacs 24〕)

many of the words are very common words. How hard is it to add these words to the main dictionary? This is 2012, not 1989.

while writing this page, i took a trip to aspell home page Source aspell.net (woot, “aspell” itself is not in its dict.) It turns out, aspell is still alive. Its author, Kevin Atkinson, actually wrote a piece in 2011 about its status and how to move aspell forward.

lol. He suggested, that the open source world should all move to Enchant, and have aspell and hunspell become a plugin. (Enchant is a meta-spell-checker, a wrapper to multiple spell-checking engines)

yeah right, beg a edict to the open source world. It'll work when pigs fly.

and, use a meta spell checker as solution?? That's like, lets use a meta search engine. Even better, let's use a meta-meta-engine!

To get people to use aspell is really simple. Just add damn common words. Seriously, words like {backtick, login, immersive, fandom, youngling, endianness, lookup, ubiquitousness, malware}, are not there? Add them to specialized dictionary if you want. It's trivial to compile specialized lingoes these days. Make it work out of the box. And, don't worry about multiple languages or multiple features. Stick with one, English. Make that work better than other spell-checkers. Add specialized dictionaries. ⁖ computing, add math jargons, internet slang, chatspeak, lol, woot, leet!

How's Google Chrome and Firefox Doing?

out of curiosity, i pasted the words into Google Chrome for comparison. In the following list, those marked by a bullet “•” passes the spell checker in Google Chrome. Those marked by diamond “◇” passes Firefox spell checker. This is as of .

backtick
meritable
utopian ◇
programable
employability
• downloadable ◇
• thru ◇
heterogeneousness
euphemized
miscommunication ◇
login
immersive
fandom
proselytization
youngling
microcephalic
endianness
pinky ◇
natively ◇
liers
chantable
screenshots ◇
lol
blockquote
exemplarily
programer's ◇
programers ◇
neuroscientist
lookup
exposit
hotkey
blocky
builtin
ubiquitousness
• screenshot ◇
• weblog ◇
programer ◇
subfolders
superset
• datatype
keybinding
• other's
malware
toruses
polytope
combinatorics
incenter
automata
Calculational
regex
regex's
• Logitech ◇
ErgoEmacs
• FSF's
Cygwin
unix
• Solaris ◇
Googlers
Erlang
Mathematica
Mathematica's
OCaml
Scala
perl's
JScript
newLISP
Clojure
perl
elisp
javascript
• JavaScript ◇
• MySQL ◇
Prolog ◇
PowerShell
PHP
LaTeX
emacs
emacs's
unixes
linux
Unixers
unixers
• Ctrl
Picasa
PhotoShop
Xah

Better, but still missing lots.

Addendum: i emailed Kevin Atkinson about my complaint. He was kind to inform me that i was using a older version of dictionary. I've updated and edited this page to latest dictionary. The report on this page reflects english dictionary “7.1.0-1” and aspell “0.60.6.1”. These are the current version as of .

You can get my current personal aspell file at https://github.com/xahlee/xahscripts/blob/master/.aspell.en.pws or aspell_vocabulary_aspell_en_pws.txt.

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