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I want to make the OS X spellchecker forget that "basically" is a word. The standard interface doesn't let you make it forget words that show up by default--only words that you added. Is the default dictionary kicking around as a text file somewhere (if it is, I'm pretty sure it's not named anything containing the strings "words" or "dict" [ETA: unless it is]), or do I just have to suck it?

Date: 2009-04-03 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dclayh.livejournal.com
Using the spellchecker to improve your writing is a cute idea. Personally I overuse the verb "to seem".

Date: 2009-04-03 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tortoise.livejournal.com
This is more for wiki-editing then for my own writing. I've mostly trained myself out of "basically", though I wouldn't object to catching the times that I haven't.

Unfortunately, the writing tics that I really want to train myself out of wouldn't be amenable to spellcheck, as they're mostly punctuational--hyphens, quote marks, parentheses, and ellipses.

Date: 2009-04-03 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] derakon.livejournal.com
I think the file you want is /usr/share/dict/words, but I haven't tried modifying it myself.

Make a backup first, of course.

Date: 2009-04-03 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tortoise.livejournal.com
Huh. I guess the search feature doesn't look in directories that are that unixy.

Thanks!

Date: 2009-04-03 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tortoise.livejournal.com
...and apparently it's somewhere else. Oh well.

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