Category : Science and Education
Archive   : DIC2-A.ZIP
Filename : !README!.DIC

Output of file : !README!.DIC contained in archive : DIC2-A.ZIP
wrote a basic program to extract all the english words from DIC.VOC, 30 May 90

patched the word "+xhaust" to "exhaust" in DIC.VOC 6 Jun 90
(I'm a little curious whether this file was released this way or whether an
error crept in as the files made their way across the country)

scanned using basic program for all other words outside the upper and lower
case a-z & A-Z and found only "ice cream"

3 Jul 90 -- considerable modifications resulting from looking at a list of
all words sorted by length -- several long (12 character) words were truncated
-- maximum word length 14 characters with some of those truncated -- tried
entering the 14 character truncated words and found that the program ignores
anything after the first 14 -- tried the truncated 12's & found that those must
be entered truncated (not OK) -- ran Word Perfect ver 4.2 spelling checker
on the complete word list -- throughout I have used manual notes so I may have
introduced a few errors of my own -- after making all these modifications, I
ran QSORT (ver 4.03) with a fixed record length of 24


old-fashioned oldfashioned
afflict affict
cigarette cigaret more common spelling (both correct)
corporal corpcral
eyelid evelid
first-class firstclass
good-looking goodlooking
good-natured goodnatured
honorable honourable American rather than English spelling
marvelous marvellous
marvelously marvellously
middle-aged middleaged
old-time oldtime
outskirts outskirt singular never used
ping-pong pingpong
receiver reciver
right-hand righthand
roll call rollcall
setting seting
silver sillver
syrup sirup
so called socalled
stead tead (also steadfast was not accessible)
unprecedented unprecedent adjective requires 'ed' (no noun)
well known wellknown
the following I am sure are from an
earlier stage of development of the
program when it was thought that 12
characters would suffice, but the
increase to 14 character words left
these not accessible
acknowledgment acknowledgme
authoritative authoritativ
circumference circumferenc
consideration consideratio
correspondence corresponden
determination determinatio
entertainment entertainmen
establishment establishmen
fortification fortificatio
impossibility impossibilit
inconvenience inconvenienc
indispensable indispensabl
individuality individualit
justification justificatio
manifestation manifestatio
righteousness righteousnes
revolutionary revolutionar
transformation transformati
transportation transportati
uncomfortable uncomfortabl
unconsciously unconsciousl
unfortunately unfortunatel
vice-president vicepresiden
I really don't like making the
following changes, but it appears that
the word search algorithm is confused
by capitalization. Whole blocks of
words are not accessible near words
beginning with capital letters. For my
own benefit I have made all words lower
case. I would suggest just doing a
completely case sensitive search (i.e.,
require the user to enter most words
as lower case letters).
america America
antartic Antartic
april April
arctic Arctic
asia Asia
atlantic Atlantic
august August
australia Australia
bible Bible
canada Canada
catholic Catholic
china China
chinese Chinese
christ Christ
christian Christian
christmas Christmas
computer Computer (?!)
december December
england England
english English
english English
europe Europe
european European
february February
france France
friday Friday
germany Germany
mexican Mexican
mexico Mexico

2 Mar 91
wrestiling wrestling

3 Mar 91
advertisement advertisemen

  3 Responses to “Category : Science and Education
Archive   : DIC2-A.ZIP
Filename : !README!.DIC

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

  3. But one thing that puzzles me is the “mtswslnkmcjklsdlsbdmMICROSOFT” string. There is an article about it here. It is definitely worth a read: