spell, sprog – find spelling errors
looks up words from the named
(standard input default)
in a spelling list and places
not sanctioned thereon the standard output.
ignores constructs of
and its standard preprocessors.
It understands these options:
Check British spelling.
Print all words not literally in the spelling list, with
Print on standard error, marked with
every stem as it is looked up in the spelling list,
along with its affix classes.
As a matter of policy,
does not admit multiple spellings of the same word.
Variants that follow general rules are preferred
over those that don’t, even when the unruly spelling is
Thus, in American usage, ‘modelled’, ‘sizeable’, and ‘judgment’ are
rejected in favor of ‘modeled’, ‘sizable’, and ‘judgement’.
Agglutinated variants are shunned: ‘crewmember’ and ‘backyard’
cede to ‘crew member’ and ‘back yard’ (noun) or ‘back-yard’
American spelling list
British spelling list
The actual spelling checker.
It expects one word per line on standard input,
and takes the same arguments as
The heuristics of
used to excise formatting information are imperfect.
The spelling list’s coverage is uneven;
in particular biology, medicine, and chemistry, and
perforce proper names,
not to mention languages other than English,
are covered very lightly.