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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

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

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       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.

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       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.

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       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    [Toc]    [Back]

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

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

       Default  pattern file.  Thesaurus used by the explain command.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       Commands:  deroff(1), nroff(1)

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