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diction(1)							    diction(1)

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

       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 pro‐

       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 user-cre‐
       ated 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 format‐
       ting 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)


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