diction, explain, suggest - Prints wordy sentences and looks them up in an
diction [-fpattern_file] [-k] [-ma] [-me] [-ml] [-ms] [-n] [file...]
The diction command finds all sentences in an English language document
that contain phrases from a database of bad or wordy diction. The explain
command is an interactive thesaurus for the English language phrases found
by the diction command and only for those phrases.
The diction command reads from standard in if no file operand is provided.
The suggest command is a synonym for explain.
Names a user-created pattern file to be used in addition to the default
-k Passes the -k option to the deroff command. The -k option keeps blocks
of text specified nroff by requests or macros; for example, the .ne
-ma Passes the -ma option to deroff. The -ma option interprets nroff man
-me Overrides the default nroff -ms macro package.
-ml Causes deroff to skip lists; should be used if a document contains many
lists of nonsentences.
-mm Overrides the default nroff -ms macro package.
-n Suppresses use of the default file (used with -f). Only the user-
created pattern file is used.
Each phrase found by the diction command is enclosed in [ ] (brackets).
Because diction runs deroff before looking at the text, include formatting
header files as part of the input.
Before using the explain command, use the diction command to obtain a list
of poorly worded phrases. When you use the explain command, the system
prompts you for a phrase and responds with a grammatically acceptable
alternative. You can continue typing phrases, or you can exit by pressing
the End-of-File key sequence.
The explain command can also take input redirected from a file. No other
command line arguments are valid.
Use of nonstandard formatting macros may cause incorrect sentence breaks.
In particular, diction does not understand -me.
Default pattern file.
Thesaurus used by the explain command.
Commands: deroff(1), nroff(1)