diction, explain, suggest - Prints wordy sentences and
looks them up in an interactive thesaurus.
diction [-fpattern_file] [-k] [-ma] [-me] [-ml] [-ms] [-n]
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 file. Passes the -k option to the deroff
command. The -k option keeps blocks of text specified
nroff by requests or macros; for example, the request.
Passes the -ma option to deroff. The -ma option interprets
nroff man macros only. Overrides the default nroff
-ms macro package. Causes deroff to skip lists; should be
used if a document contains many lists of nonsentences.
Overrides the default nroff -ms macro package. Suppresses
use of the default file (used with -f). Only the usercreated
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
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
Default pattern file. Thesaurus used by the explain command.
Commands: deroff(1), nroff(1)
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