Fri, 28 Apr 2006

Improper Name

My computer helpfully comes with the file /usr/share/dict/propernames, a list of proper names that can be used for spellchecking. Consider my surprise at the following interaction:

rfk@mango ~ $
rfk@mango ~ $ wc -l /usr/share/dict/propernames
1516 /usr/share/dict/propernames
rfk@mango ~ $ grep 'Ragnar' /usr/share/dict/propernames
rfk@mango ~ $ grep 'Rainer' /usr/share/dict/propernames
rfk@mango ~ $ grep 'Reinhard' /usr/share/dict/propernames
rfk@mango ~ $ grep 'Rodent' /usr/share/dict/propernames
rfk@mango ~ $ grep 'Ryan' /usr/share/dict/propernames
rfk@mango ~ $

One thousand, five hundred and sixteen names and "Ryan" still doesnt make the cut. To whom should I submit this travesty of a bug??

Well, at least I can take solace in the relative availability of "Ryan" mugs and keyrings throughout Australia...