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Unix Version 7 - man page for spell (v7 section 1)

SPELL(1)			     General Commands Manual				 SPELL(1)

       spell, spellin, spellout - find spelling errors

       spell [ option ] ...  [ file ] ...

       /usr/src/cmd/spell/spellin [ list ]

       /usr/src/cmd/spell/spellout [ -d ] list

       Spell  collects	words  from  the  named  documents, and looks them up in a spelling list.
       Words that neither occur among nor are derivable (by applying  certain  inflections,  pre-
       fixes or suffixes) from words in the spelling list are printed on the standard output.  If
       no files are named, words are collected from the standard input.

       Spell ignores most troff, tbl and eqn(1) constructions.

       Under the -v option, all words not literally in the spelling list are printed, and plausi-
       ble derivations from spelling list words are indicated.

       Under the -b option, British spelling is checked.  Besides preferring centre, colour, spe-
       ciality, travelled, etc., this option insists upon -ise in words like standardise,  Fowler
       and the OED to the contrary notwithstanding.

       Under the -x option, every plausible stem is printed with `=' for each word.

       The spelling list is based on many sources, and while more haphazard than an ordinary dic-
       tionary, is also more effective in respect to proper names and  popular	technical  words.
       Coverage of the specialized vocabularies of biology, medicine and chemistry is light.

       Pertinent  auxiliary  files may be specified by name arguments, indicated below with their
       default settings.  Copies of all output are accumulated in the  history	file.	The  stop
       list filters out misspellings (e.g. thier=thy-y+ier) that would otherwise pass.

       Two routines help maintain the hash lists used by spell.  Both expect a list of words, one
       per line, from the standard input.  Spellin adds the words on the standard  input  to  the
       preexisting  list  and places a new list on the standard output.  If no list is specified,
       the new list is created from scratch.  Spellout looks up each word in the  standard  input
       and  prints on the standard output those that are missing from (or present on, with option
       -d) the hash list.

       D=/usr/dict/hlist[ab]: hashed spelling lists, American & British
       S=/usr/dict/hstop: hashed stop list
       H=/usr/dict/spellhist: history file
       deroff(1), sort(1), tee(1), sed(1)

       The spelling list's coverage is uneven; new installations will probably	wish  to  monitor
       the output for several months to gather local additions.
       British spelling was done by an American.


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