is an ASCII file which contains an alphabetic list of words, one per
There may be any number of word lists in /usr/share/dict/.
is a symbolic link to the currently-chosen
is a symbolic link to
and is the name by which other software should refer to the
system word list.
for more information, and/or to change the currently-chosen word list.
can contain word lists for many languages, with name of the language
in English, e.g.,
contain respectively lists of French and Danish words if they exist.
Such lists should be coded using the ISO 8859-1 character set encoding.
The words lists are not specific, and may be generated from any number
The system word list used to be
For compatibility, software should check that location if
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>.