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What do these capital letters mean after the / character in the en-US.dic file found in the \Firefox\Dictionaries folder?

For example:

collectivism/M
collectivist/MS
collectivity
collectivization/M
collectivize/GDS
collector/MS
colleen/SM
college/SM
collegial

What does M or MS or GDS, etc. mean? I'm sure there's documentation online somewhere, but I'm not having much luck finding it.

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The letter identifiers refer to affixes listed in the corresponding .aff file. This prevents the need to list every form of every word in the .dic file. See "Understanding the Affix File Format" for further information.

The same format is used by the MySpell spell checker.

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After searching on this myself I finally found this page with a good explanation.

https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/developers/how-tos/editing-the-spell-checking-dictionaries

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Can you summarize the information at the link within your answer in case the link goes dead? –  jonsca Aug 19 '13 at 21:26
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