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words were added (about 3 % of the total). These are all words w
the 12dicts lists have now fulfilled their basic purpose.
compiled by an American. If my sources contained any glaring errors
the two to produce a slightly larger list including a number of words
it will probably be released separately from 12dicts itself, as
12dicts lists. It was compiled from 3 small ESL dictionaries, using
abbreviations are all excluded. One important difference between
Similarly added were the omitted holidays Thanksgiving and
at least 2 of the source dictionaries.
not recommend combining them, except as noted below.
irregular, or separately defined. Variant and non-American spellings
from the extremely common to the mildly esoteric. I would like to
which it resembles in terms of the sorts of words included.
ways from most of the other free word lists you can download.
like spell checking or word games than the 6of12 list. (Honesty
if they are not wanted. That left the issue of how to establish
as this class of names is as ephemeral and transitory as teenage s
authority than the other classic 12dicts lists. It also probably has a
listed in at least one of the source dictionaries.
dictionaries of larger size. Whether I will ever get the time for a
phrases. The other list, the 2of12 list, is more inclusive in that it
about 41,000 words. It is perhaps more suitable for use in areas
needed to derive the list directly from the source dictionaries.
the picture (except for my addition of signature words). This has
English (three from British publishers). The smallest of them contains
list and, even if it had been complete at the time I started my search
and so I required citation in over a third of the dictionaries for
as lugubrious were not removed, despite clearly not being
misspellings and typos, sometimes approaching gibberish. (I
responsibility, and should not be blamed on Kevin, AGID, or even on
I still feel it reasonable to expect no more than 1 or 2 errors
they are unwanted.
Of course, due to my original purpose in seeking out common short
In this version of 12dicts, all of them are dictionaries of American
part of any "core vocabulary".)
approach was likely to get me what I was looking for, and that
which was found in a purported Scrabble word list, is a typo
may produce large scores. For this reason, the official Scrabble
accuracy is a very demanding goal, seldom actually achieved, bu
unusual plurals (marked with a "%") from the 2of12inf list in the
from other sources. It would perhaps be appropria
different in the two lists, and I would recommend that the duplicates
numerous. Probably more than 10 % of the candidate words were added
rules for the kinds of words included, one could easily combine
authority than the other classic 12dicts lists. It also probably ha
/usr/dict/words, this is still a short word list, striving for inclusion
to list such words as nouns (or occasionally verbs, adverbs, etc.),
The sorts of words admitted are the same sorts that /usr/dict/words
emacs, inode or lvalue.)
inclusion of monetary units. A side-effect was the elimination
the dependency on the Moby lists.
broadminded and broad-mindedness. This
judgment. I will confess to occasionally overriding the source
As may be seen by inspecting the table of file characteristics, the
beer. Or that includes saxophone but not
information is sparse and inconsistent in most dictionaries of any
missing wanda, marge, polly and sid).
listings; all qualifying words from each of the sources were included.
from public-domain sources, notably Moby Words and WordNet. (See the
incoherent, including SPCA but not PETA,
and therefore not "infected" by Moby Words.
the suffix character "+", and eliminated if desired.
am personally very annoyed when inflected forms appear at random.
plural of any noun whatsoever is reasonable.
some form in one of the sources, and removed no words present in two
2of12inf list. In particular, inflections are included for all words,
6of12 list word selection
which met the criteria for inclusion. Examples of some of the sorts
as described in agid.txt.) Feel free to send comments, suggestions,
to represent a "core English" vocabulary. (Even the 5desk list itself
more accepted, this spelling and this spelling only is listed. If all
on countability, which was adequate to decide the status of most of
order to preserve continuity.
significantly higher error rate than the other lists, for reasons
release into the public domain. However, I do not impose any additional
accuracy is a very demanding goal, seldom actually achieved, but
The one-time household words Kool, Ovaltine, Philco and
as everyday English. (Beware any list which includes bitblt,
All of these changes were quite subjective in nature, and quite
are many, from the Internet. I was not impressed by the overall
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