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listings; all qualifying words from each of the sources were included.
numerous. Probably more than 10 % of the candidate words were added
than the other 12dicts lists. It is not altogether clear that this
games, where words such as zeals and anthraxes
one clearly concerned with quality, and in being oriented towards
The difficulties listed above, and the fact that I was forced to
link), which was close to unique in having an active caretake
(Actually, the dependency of the 2of12inf list on AGID prevents its
least 2 of the source dictionaries.
requirements on its use beyond those imposed by AGID and its sources,
The reasons a word might be marked with the = annotation are:
project could be of interest).
for more information on the antecedents of AGID.) 2of12inf was created
it will probably be released separately from 12dicts itself, as
on the grounds that it has been used in too many news stories from
Signature words from the other lists, plus their inflections, were
whose omission from 6of12 is rather surprising. Be warned that in a
interesting, follow elements. I did this only for words which were not present in the
Phrases Y Y N N N N
the classic lists are limited to error corrections.
which was extracted from /usr/dict/words on some UNIX system, seemed
anything larger than the 5desk list will be too large to even pretend
plural of any noun whatsoever is reasonable.
(for which, follow this
their vocabulary, while others include only singulars and
infamous f-word is simply discredited thereby. Some may feel that
emacs, inode or lvalue.)
requirements for inclusion. In the case of the 6of12 list, 1024
exclude hyphenated words or contractions. If a word occurs in
arbitrary for the term to make any sense. (I will note that the list
say that they are error-free, merely that enough care has been taken that errors
more accepted, this spelling and this spelling only is listed. If all
words, as well as some inflections that often function as words
British English list. The result is the 2of4brif list. This list
sources. Obviously, the decisions on when to include additional
about 75,000 entries, many of which appear in only a single dictionary.)
12 source dictionaries, and for this reason it has, I feel, less
to represent a "core English" vocabulary. (Even the 5desk list itself
information, which was mostly disjoint from the sources for plurals
of lexicographers believe are relevant to people learning English,
but in actuality rather British in its orientation, with a more
both a hyphenated and an unhyphenated form, the unhyphenated
again, but, in fact, consideration of an additional dictionary now
were of two sorts:
required is some protection against such an event, but n
represents a less authoritative and more arbitrary collec
appear in 6 or more of the source dictionaries.
broadmindedness, which was therefore excluded. I felt unequal
as this class of names is as ephemeral and transitory as teenage slang.
(for which, follow this li
the 12dicts lists have now fulfilled their basic purpose.
(nor necessarily desirable) for me to go through the list r
vocabulary" list. It is about 2/3 of the size of the 6of12 list,
inquiries and/or large sums of money to me at
American English. I've received a few expressions of interest in a
as lugubrious were not removed, despite clearly not being
character, and is discussed in a later section.
case of the 6of12 list, phrases) which fail to meet the formal
Several of the source dictionaries include listings for obscure
closely than their American counterparts, which could mean that the
source dictionaries, such as outfought and reheard.
n-dicts project came to be (though I assume that anyone who bothers
it includes plurals for words which are not normally
between countable and uncountable nouns is so ill-defined, served as
and TiVo taking their place on the tongues of the trendy.
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