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diction(1)							   diction(1)



NAME

  diction, explain, suggest - Prints wordy sentences and looks them up in an
  interactive thesaurus.

SYNOPSIS

  diction [-fpattern_file] [-k]	[-ma] [-me] [-ml] [-ms]	[-n] [file...]

  explain

  suggest

  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.

OPTIONS

  -fpattern_file
      Names a user-created pattern file	to be used in addition to the default
      file.

  -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
      request.

  -ma Passes the -ma option to deroff.	The -ma	option interprets nroff	man
      macros only.

  -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.

DESCRIPTION

  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.

NOTES

  Use of nonstandard formatting	macros may cause incorrect sentence breaks.
  In particular, diction does not understand -me.

FILES

  /usr/lbin/dict.d
      Default pattern file.

  /usr/lbin/explain.d
      Thesaurus	used by	the explain command.

SEE ALSO

  Commands:  deroff(1),	nroff(1)