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SPELL(1)							      SPELL(1)

NAME
       spell, sprog - find spelling errors

SYNOPSIS
       spell [ options ] ...  [	file ] ...

       sprog [ options ] [ -f file ]

DESCRIPTION
       Spell looks up words from the named files (standard input default) in a
       spelling	list and places	possible  misspellings--words  not  sanctioned
       there--on the standard output.

       Spell  ignores  constructs  of troff(1) and its standard	preprocessors.
       It understands these options:

       -b     Check British spelling.

       -v     Print all	words not literally in the spelling list, with deriva-
	      tions.

       -x     Print, marked with every stem as it is looked up in the spelling
	      list, along with its affix classes.

       As a matter of policy, spell does not admit multiple spellings  of  the
       same word.  Variants that follow	general	rules are preferred over those
       that don't, even	when the unruly	spelling is  more  common.   Thus,  in
       American	 usage,	`modelled', `sizeable',	and `judgment' are rejected in
       favor of	`modeled', `sizable', and `judgement'.	Agglutinated  variants
       are  shunned:  `crewmember'  and	 `backyard'  cede to `crew member' and
       `back yard' (noun) or `back-yard' (adjective).

FILES
       /usr/local/plan9/lib/amspell
	      American spelling	list

       /usr/local/plan9/lib/brspell
	      British spelling list

       /usr/local/plan9/bin/sprog
	      The actual spelling checker.  It expects one word	 per  line  on
	      standard input, and takes	the same arguments as spell.

SOURCE
       /usr/local/plan9/bin/spell
	      the script

       /usr/local/plan9/src/cmd/spell
	      source for sprog

SEE ALSO
       deroff(1)

BUGS
       The  heuristics	of deroff(1) used to excise formatting information are
       imperfect.

       The  spelling  list's  coverage	is  uneven;  in	 particular   biology,
       medicine, and chemistry,	and perforce proper names, not to mention lan-
       guages other than English, are covered very lightly.

								      SPELL(1)

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