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In order to create a Scrabble-like mini game I need an English word list to validate entries.

I would like this list of words to be very extensive so just about any (within reason) English word will be represented.

Are there any lists like this available for free download and distribution?

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Not only does this belong on Stackoverflow.com, it has already been asked there: stackoverflow.com/questions/594273/random-word-generator –  David Pearce Sep 13 '09 at 13:05
    
Wow. Thanks Josh. –  lox Sep 13 '09 at 13:56
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I hope this is for Scrabble!

Take a look here

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A search (Google) for "free English word list" (without the brackets) came up with quite a few hits.

The first one looks promising, as does this one.

I suggest you check out each one in turn until you find one you like.

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GNU ASpell has a number of dictionaries for many languages.

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On most Unix machines, there is a /usr/share/dict/words file installed that may be used.

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