british-english(5)                                         Users' Manual                                         british-english(5)

       british-english - a list of English words

       /usr/share/dict/british-english is an ASCII file which contains 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 cur‐
       rently-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 in‐
       formation, 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  compatibility,  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 <>.

Debian                                                      16 June 2003                                         british-english(5)