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I accidentally added a word to the user dictionary in Evolution 2.28 on Ubuntu 9.10. How can I edit the user dictionary to fix this?

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This was a good question - it should have an easy answer, but it's not straightforward. –  DaveParillo Jan 4 '10 at 4:48
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Evolution uses a shared dictionary. Open a terminal. In your home directory, cd into .config/enchant/. There's a bunch of files here, but a recently edited file corresponding to your language should be listed. For me, it's en_US.dic - the US english dictionary. Any words you have added will be listed here. Edit the file by typing nano en_US.dic (or whatever your language is)

Remove or correct words as needed, one word per line.

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Marvellous! I tried to track this down, but that eluded me. Do you have any references that describe the background & reasons behind .config/enchant/? Is that aspell, ispell, gnome-spell, something-else-spell? –  Craig McQueen Jan 5 '10 at 11:54
    
enchant is a generic spell checking library that is compatible with the ispell and aspell engines. Originally developed as part of AbiWord, it's now found in gnome-spell and gtkspell also. See abisource.com/projects/enchant and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enchant_%28software%29 –  DaveParillo Jan 5 '10 at 16:11
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