English (United Kingdom) Dictionary

This dictionary was initially based on a subset of the
original English wordlist created by Kevin Atkinson for
Pspell and Aspell and thus is covered by his original
LGPL licence. 

It has been extensively updated by David Bartlett, Brian Kelk,
Andrew Brown and Marco A.G.Pinto:
 — Numerous Americanisms have been removed;
 — Numerous American spellings have been corrected;
 — Missing words have been added;
 — Many errors have been corrected;
 — Compound hyphenated words have been added where appropriate;
 — Thousands of proper/places names have been added.

Valuable inputs to this process were received from many other
people — far too numerous to name. Serious thanks to you all
for your greatly appreciated help.

This wordlist is intended to be a good representation of
current modern British English and thus it should be a good
basis for Commonwealth English in most countries of the world
outside North America.

The affix file has been created completely from scratch
by David Bartlett and Andrew Brown, based on the published
rules for MySpell and is also provided under the LGPL.

In creating the affix rules an attempt has been made to
reproduce the most general rules for English word
formation, rather than merely use it as a means to
compress the size of the dictionary. It is hoped that this
will facilitate future localisation to other variants of


This is a locally hosted copy of the English dictionaries with fixed dash handling and new ligature and phonetic suggestion support extension:

Original version of the en_GB dictionary:

OpenOffice.org patch and morphological extension.

The morphological extension based on Wordlist POS and AGID data
created by Kevin Atkinson and released on http://wordlist.sourceforge.net.

Other fixes:

OOo Issue 48060 — add numbers with affixes by COMPOUNDRULE (1st, 111th, 1990s etc.)
OOo Issue 29112, 55498 - add NOSUGGEST flags to taboo words
New REP items (better suggestions for accented words and a few mistakes)
OOo Issue 63541 — remove *dessicated

2008-12-18 — NOSUGGEST, NUMBER/COMPOUNDRULE patches (nemeth AT OOo)
2010-03-09 (nemeth AT OOo)
 — UTF-8 encoded dictionary:
      — fix em-dash problem of OOo 3.2 by BREAK
      — suggesting words with typographical apostrophes
      — recognizing words with Unicode f ligatures
 — add phonetic suggestion (© 2000 Björn Jacke)

2013-08-25 — GB forked by Marco A.G.Pinto
2016-06-10 — NOSUGGEST added to this clean version of the GB .AFF (Marco A.G.Pinto)
2016-06-21 — COMPOUNDING added to this clean version of the GB .AFF (Áron Budea)
2016-08-01 — GB changelog is no longer included in the README file
2016-09-11 — .AFF + .DIC now use Linux line endings
2017-10-08 — Mozilla: used <em:maxVersion>*</em:maxVersion> to work with all future versions
2017-12-16 — Added to the .AFF:
             ICONV 1
             ICONV ’ '
	         Thanks to Jeroen Ooms
2018-05-01 — Andrew Ziem suggested a list of 328 names of famous people on Kevin's GitHub:
             "These 328 name tokens were derived from the top 100 lists in Google Trends via
			 this repository (https://github.com/az0/google-trend-names). The geography was
			 set to US, and it spanned dates from 2004 to 2018."			 
2018-08-01 — Slightly higher quality icon
		   — Added tons of drugs names supplied by the user Andrew Ziem on Kevin's GitHub
		   — Fixed/improved flag "5": "women's" was missing
2018-09-01 — Added places from New Zealand/UK (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland):
			 On V2.61–2.64 I included tons of place names.
			 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", "boroughs", "suburbs", etc. and based me on:
			  — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_towns_in_England;
			  — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_towns_in_New_Zealand;
			  — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_civil_parishes_in_England;
			  — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_civil_parishes_in_Scotland;
			  — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_places_in_Scotland;
			  — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_communities_in_Wales;
			  — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_government_in_Wales;
			  — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_towns_and_villages_in_Northern_Ireland;
			  — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counties_of_Northern_Ireland;
			  — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Suburbs_in_New_Zealand;
			  — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Church_of_Scotland_parishes.
			 Also, added places sent to me by Peter C.:
			 © OpenStreetMap contributors: www.openstreetmap.org/copyright.
			 © The Clergy of the Church of England Database Project, 2005.


Since the dictionary hasn't been updated for many years,
I forked it to add new words and fixes.

I even added words such as common names of software and hardware.

I grabbed Mozilla's version since it wasn't obfuscated. Alexandro Colorado and I
tried to unmunch the OpenOffice version but all we got was rubbish.

The dictionary icon in the Extension Manager was designed by Pedro Marques.

The sources used to verify the spelling of the words I included in the dictionary:
 1) Oxford Dictionaries;
 2) Collins Dictionary;
 3) Macmillan Dictionary;
 4) Wiktionary (used with caution);
 5) Wikipedia (used with caution);
 6) Physical dictionaries.

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

Please let Marco A.G.Pinto know of any errors that you find:



FAQ ("movie", "automobile", "airplane", "hardcover" and "bookstore"):
Notice: Due to complaints, "movie" was added on V2.57 since it is a widely used word.


Nightly changes (GitHub):

The dictionary can be downloaded from on-line repository.

For more information about installing dictionaries, check Spell Checker plugin description.