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10.5: Forget 'learned' words in the Dictionary System 10.5
Not the most splashy of new hints, but one of my favorite new features is having spell check 'unlearn' a word. I have often been too quick to add a word to my spelling list, to only later see that I missed a letter or something.

Now you can select a word, control-click on it, and choose Unlearn from the pop-up menu. Obviously this only works with words in the personal spelling list.

[robg adds: When I first tried to test this, I couldn't get it to work. That's because I was testing it in Mail, which will happily let you add a word to the Dictionary ... but they seem to have left out the unlearn ability. So I switched to TextEdit, typed in my incorrectly-learned word, control-clicked on it, and saw the Unlearn menu item. So you may find this doesn't work in every app; Mail and TextEdit are the only two I tried it in. Worst case, though, you can switch to TextEdit, paste your word, and unlearn it there.]
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It's a WebKit omission
Authored by: boredzo on Nov 14, '07 04:01:53PM

robg wrote:

When I first tried to test this, I couldn't get it to work. That's because I was testing it in Mail, which will happily let you add a word to the Dictionary ... but they seem to have left out the unlearn ability.

At least in Tiger, Mail uses WebKit to display messages (including plain-text messages). Considering stationery bundles are HTML+CSS-based, I think it's safe to assume that that's still true. Also, this hint doesn't work in Safari 3, either.

So it's an omission from WebKit. Somebody should file this as a bug (either in the WebKit Bugzilla or in RadarWeb).



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10.5: Forget 'learned' words in the Dictionary
Authored by: etresoft on Nov 15, '07 09:13:18AM
I have written a freeware command-line tool to do all sorts of things with the spelling dictionary. It allows you to spell check from the command line, validate HTML links, and learn and unlearn dictionary words.

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10.5: Forget 'learned' words in the Dictionary
Authored by: SeanAhern on Sep 22, '11 12:54:08PM

This doesn't seem to work any more (Snow Leopard). I tried to Unlearn a word in both Mail and TextEdit. No luck. No "Unlearn" shows up in the contextual menu.



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