Creating your own personal aspell dictionary

Something that has bothered me forever is that applications that use GNU aspell for spell checking kept marking my name as a misspelling (I’m looking at you, KMail). Most front-end applications don’t provide a way for you to add your own custom words.

Apparently, creating your own personal dictionary is ridiculous easy with aspell.

If your language is English, create a file in your home directory called “.aspell.en.pws”:

personal_ws-1.1 en 0
Samat
quasirhombicosidodecahedron

The first line is a required header. Every subsequent line is a word you want to add to your dictionary. I can’t believe I’ve let this sit for so long. Because it’s a nice text file, syncing this file between machines to take your dictionary with you is trivially easy.

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