en_GB — British Dictionary — Forked by Marco A.G.Pinto
HomeREADME


Welcome to the forked version of the British speller.

Since no one cared about updating the speller (a free project that gives a lot of effort) I took the task myself.

I grabbed the original project and started adding/removing/fixing words. I kept the original authors credits and added my name.

I have created the best up-to-date British speller. It encompasses several fields of knowledge, from simple to complex words.

It doesn't matter your religion, sex, age or academic background, everyone should have access to all words equally for free.

I am improving the speller to the maximum since I am testing it on the field:
Most of my e-mails are in English, so I see the typo reports and try to find if it is really typos or missing words.

I have also been pasting webpages from newspapers, TV channels and such to see which words are flagged.

To make sure the words I add are the correct ones, I have been looking for them in credible sources:
 1) Oxford Dictionaries;
 2) Collins Dictionary;
 3) Macmillan Dictionary;
 4) Wiktionary (used with caution );
 5) Wikipedia (used with caution );
 6) Physical dictionaries.

In January 2015 I purchased an "Oxford Gold Account" to have a higher access in Oxford Dictionaries.

I am also involved on several projects with a specific jargon having added some "special" words.

I have been told to use scripts to update the dictionary, but I am adding the words with copy/paste after checking them in the dictionaries mentioned above. This is slower and harder, but the results are much better and accurate.

Some words are chiefly American and, in such cases, I only add them if there is no British correspondent.


About ize/ise:
Just like in other languages, some words can be written differently. Since Oxford says some words are valid both ways, I kept both and the user decides which he prefers. A good example is: "online" and "on-line".
For ize/ise, both ways are accepted in some words:
 — optimize/optimise: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/optimize;
 — realize/realise: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/realize.


Places from England/New Zealand:
On V2.61 I included tons of towns.
My scientist friend, Peter McGavin, told me that in NZ they use British, so I decided to do something about it. I did the same for UK. I searched on Wikipedia for "towns", "counties", "villages", etc. and based myself also on:
 — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_towns_in_England
 — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_towns_in_New_Zealand
For a more accurate work I should check which towns are already in with the possessives missing. It is in my TO-DO list.


Main difficulties developing this dictionary:
 1) Proper names;
 2) Possessive forms;
 3) Plurals.


Adding new words:
If you believe to have found a missing/incorrect word, please send it to me for analysis. If it is on the Oxford or Collins dictionaries, I will add it.


I hope that people will enjoy my work and that it may be useful to the progress of mankind.

Kind regards from:
Marco A.G.Pinto
Master of Science in Information Warfare/Competitive Intelligence;
Open-Source Activist;
Software Developer;
Translator.

Back to top



Last update: 7.Jun.2018