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Bosnia to be considered unusual.) It is interesting to note that
judgment. I will confess to occasionally overriding the source
same concept, for instance, removing cable television as a
(about which I offer many harsh criticisms elsewhere in this document).
squeamish about them. These words are very widely known indeed;
of the dictionaries listing it) to be non-American usage. It
this reason, the set of such words in the 5desk list is somewhat
however, if they are entirely lower-case and alphabetic, they are
invisible to native speakers. Examples are thank you, good
I still feel it reasonable to expect no more than 1 or 2 e
that we never think of them. This has led to the 12dicts lists,
of words one is likely to encounter rather than the complete jargon of
inconsistently. For instance, the 2of12 list contains both
significantly higher error rate than the other lists, for re
exercise personal judgment frequently in creating it, emphasizes a
was augmented by words from five minor sources, including a "vocabulary
prefixes, suffixes, phrases, hyphenated words, contractions and most
arbitrary for the term to make any sense. (I will note that the li
to represent a "core English" vocabulary. (Even the 5des
on the subject of creating PGP passphrases using randomly
least 2 of the source dictionaries.
from regular words.
listed in a number of small dictionaries. The number of dictionaries
Feb, which are abbreviations in the classic sense
2of12inf list. In particular, inflections are included for all wo
2of12inf list. In particular, inflections are included for all words,
dictionaries list words such as thens, onces and
as everyday English. (Beware any list which includes bitblt,
which they abbreviate. While there is a trend in modern dictionari
source dictionaries, and to keep my own judgments and opinions o
with different characteristics, with no attempt to reconcile their
their inflections, amounting to about 81,000 words. This
one of the source dictionaries, officially an international dictionary
to download this archive must already have some idea that such a
to list such words as nouns (or occasionally verbs, adverbs, etc.),
they are separately defined or irregular.
like DNA and ATM, which are used far more frequentl
seventeenth, I must simply regard as a mystery.) These
a plural. This position is especially useful in the context of word
no matter how unpleasant they may be to contemplate.
the 12dicts lists, these dictionaries resembled each other far more
Pepsi and Chevy. This is probably forgivable,
myriads of archaic, scientific or computer jargon
form of another word.
this link for an expanded version of the post.) The word list,
the plural. Examples of such nouns include mud, rayon, oregano,
12dicts files now form a spectrum of word lists, with contents ranging
page were not added, no matter how familiar, and words such
interesting, follow those which reflected a more esoteric English vocabulary than the
In this version of 12dicts, all of them are dictionaries of American
spellings seem equally accepted, one spelling has been selected
The 3esl list represents another attempt to produce an English "core
listed in 6 of the 12 dictionaries. One way of describing this list
which met the criteria for inclusion. Examples of some of the sorts
inclusion of monetary units. A side-effect was the elimination
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