SPELL(1) SPELL(1) NAME spell - 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 public spelling list. Possible misspellings- words that occur in neither and are not plausibly derivable from the former-are placed on the standard output. Spell ignores constructs of troff(1) and its standard pre- processors. It understands these options: -b Check British spelling. -v Print all words not literally in the spelling list, with derivations. -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 spel- lings 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, `mod- elled', `sizeable', and `judgment' are rejected in favor of `modeled', `sizable', and `judgement'. Agglutinated vari- ants are shunned: `crewmember' and `backyard' cede to `crew member' and `back yard' (noun) or `back-yard' (adjective). FILES /sys/lib/amspell American spelling list /sys/lib/brspell British spelling list /bin/aux/sprog The actual spelling checker. It expects one word per line on standard input, and takes the same arguments as spell. SEE ALSO deroff(1) BUGS The heuristics of deroff(1) used to excise formatting infor- mation are imperfect. The spelling list's coverage is uneven; in particular biol- ogy, medicine, and chemistry, and perforce proper names, not to mention languages other than English, are covered very SPELL(1) SPELL(1) lightly.