Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 470921
"Barack" and "Obama" are not in /usr/share/dict/words
Last modified: 2009-01-19 11:35:58 EST
Description of problem:
"Barack" and "Obama" do not appear in Fedora's wordlist. It may be considered desirable to be able to spell-check the name of the President of the United States.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. egrep -i '^(barack)|(obama)$' /usr/share/dict/words
Output should be:
The same problem exists in hunspell-en. Open Abiword or OpenOffice.org Writer, which use hunspell, and type in "Barack Obama"; both words will be underlined as misspelled.
Created attachment 323323 [details]
list of all words from names of all American presidents
... and of course, we should include names of all other heads of states in the world ( preferably for the past couple of thousand years).
Many of those names are in the list (even some Czech presidents - Masaryk, Benes, Gottwald, Havel, Klaus...)
Maybe we should include names of all persons who ever lived on Earth? Plus names of all fictional persons, to be on the safe side?
(In reply to comment #4)
> Maybe we should include names of all persons who ever lived on Earth?
The word list is based on probability. "Floccinaucinihilipilification" is a word, but it's not in the list, because it's less likely to be used than, say, "flashlight". Similarly, "Barack" and "Obama" are much more likely to be used than they were a year ago.
(In reply to comment #5)
> (In reply to comment #4)
> > Maybe we should include names of all persons who ever lived on Earth?
> The word list is based on probability. "Floccinaucinihilipilification" is a
> word, but it's not in the list, because it's less likely to be used than, say,
> "flashlight". Similarly, "Barack" and "Obama" are much more likely to be used
> than they were a year ago.
Hardly... How probable is usage of words as 'superincomprehensibleness' or 'pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis' (the longest word in the file; is it really _one_ word?), if one doesn't want one's writing to be superincomprehensible?
It's harmless if the file contains some improbable words, but it *needs* to contain probable words.
Why is there an argument here? It seems stupid to put out a spelling checker that doesn't know the name of the US President. And, yeah, the US is only one country; but I'd favor adding the names of other countries' leaders, too. I suppose you could make an argument that it's not worth of putting in the name of the leader of East Elbonia, but we're talking about an English word list and the leader of the largest English-speaking country.
What's the problem with just adding these words to the dictionary?
I have added a new file with US presidents to the words (thanks to Matej, comment #2) ... it's simple to add a new name now.
words-3.0-13.1.fc10 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 10.
words-3.0-13.1.fc10 has been pushed to the Fedora 10 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
Nice. Hopefully it'll push in time for Tuesday.
(In reply to comment #13)
> Nice. Hopefully it'll push in time for Tuesday.
In fact, it's already pushed; I updated yesterday, and "Barack" and "Obama" are now in words. Thanks!