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British English Dictionary (Marco Pinto) 3.1.1
A fork of Mark Tyndall's add-on, based on David Bartlett's
British Dictionary R1.19 for Firefox, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey.
V3.1.1 has 130 000+ new words and also fixes.
About this Add-on
********* DONATIONS — 2022-01-09 *********
Please help to support the time I dedicate to open-source such as Proofing Tool GUI and the GB dictionary, translating, webpages hosting costs, etc.
Humankind will look after me.
PATREON: https://patreon.com/marcoagpinto (recurring income stream)
********* WEBSITES *********
Website: www.marcoagpinto.com (Homepage)
Website: www.proofingtoolgui.org (Proofing Tool GUI)
Website: www.SpecNG.org (Team SpecNG)
Website: www.youtube.com/marcoagpinto (YouTube)
Website: www.linkedin.com/in/marcoagpinto (LinkedIn)
Software requirements (WebExtension):
— 60.5+ ESR (29-JAN-2019)
— 60.5+ ESR (29-JAN-2019)
Software requirements (Legacy Extension):
For Firefox/Thunderbird 59 or below, use the .xpi which I placed on GitHub.
It is also intended for Firefox 61 and Thunderbird 61–64.
Look for the folder:
"Extension - Firefox + Thunderbird + SeaMonkey (GB) (Legacy)"
Click on the "Download" button to download the .xpi. ⚠
To enable, right-click in an editable text area, select "Languages" → "English (United Kingdom)".
To install add-ons, simply search for them from inside Firefox/Thunderbird.
To install manually, using Firefox, right-click on the button "Add to Firefox", select "Save Link As" and install the .xpi file from:
Tools → Add-ons → Extensions/Dictionaries → Install from file.
(see the screenshot above)
You may drag'n'drop the .xpi file into the Extensions/Dictionaries window.
Detailed installation/use instructions:
https://proofingtoolgui.org/faq.html (read point #4 for issues) ⚠
FAQ ("movie", "automobile", "airplane", "hardcover" and "bookstore"):
Due to complaints, "movie" was added on V2.57 since it is a widely used word.
This GB speller is Mozilla's official one :
Just like in other languages, some words can be written differently. Since Oxford says some words are valid both ways, I kept both and the user decides which he prefers. A good example is: "online" and "on-line".
For ize/ise, both ways are accepted in some words.
Oxford Dictionaries will only refer that certain words accept both ize/ise for Premium accounts and not for regular users.
Places from New Zealand/UK (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland):
On V2.61–2.64 I included tons of place names.
My scientist friend, Peter McGavin, told me that in NZ they use British, so I decided to do something about it. I did the same for UK. I searched on Wikipedia for "towns", "counties", "villages", "boroughs", "suburbs", etc.
Also, added places sent to me by Peter C.:
© OpenStreetMap contributors: www.openstreetmap.org/copyright.
© The Clergy of the Church of England Database Project, 2005.
Cities from Australia
On V2.65 I added the cities in Australia by population, since they are in valid English (Wikipedia).
Cities from US
On V2.65 I added tons of cities in the US with a 10 000+ population, since they are in valid English.
This list was supplied by Michael Holroyd on Kevin Atkinson's GitHub.
Cities from Canada
On V2.67 I added the cities in Canada, since they are in valid English (Wikipedia).
State and union territory capitals in India
On V2.90 I added them to the dictionary, since they are in valid English (Wikipedia).
Common prescription and OTC drugs
On V2.63 I added tons of drugs names supplied by Andrew Ziem on Kevin Atkinson's GitHub.
The generic drugs (like "diphenhydramine") are in lowercase, while the brand names (like "Abilify") are capitalised.
Words regarding COVID-19
On V2.83 I added tons of entries regarding the pandemic.
Main difficulties developing this dictionary:
1) Proper names;
2) Possessive forms;
Adding new words:
If you believe to have found a missing/incorrect word, please send it to me for analysis. If it is on the Oxford or Collins dictionaries, I will add it.
Removing US words:
If you find American words, which appear both in Oxford and Collins dictionaries as such with a British correspondence, please send them to me for analysis and removal.
I will only add archaic words if they don't interfere with other words.
I developed Proofing Tool GUI (open-source tool) hoping someone would improve the GB speller, but months went by and no one volunteered, so I took the task myself in 2013.
I have created the best up-to-date British speller. It encompasses several fields of knowledge, from simple to complex words.
It doesn't matter your religion, sex, age or academic background, everyone should have access to all words equally free.
To make sure the words I add are the correct ones, I have been looking for them in credible sources:
1) Oxford Dictionaries;
2) Collins Dictionary;
3) Macmillan Dictionary;
4) Cambridge Dictionary;
5) Merriam-Webster Dictionary (used with caution ⚠);
6) Wiktionary (used with caution ⚠);
7) Wikipedia (used with caution ⚠);
8) Physical dictionaries.
In January 2015, I purchased an "Oxford Gold Account" to have a higher access to Oxford Dictionaries.
I am also involved on several projects with a specific jargon, having added some "special" words.
I am adding the words with copy/paste after checking them in the dictionaries above. This is slower and harder, but the results are much better and accurate.
On 25.Aug.2013 I released a "forked" V2.00. The speller has been made available to OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey. So far, I have added 131 643+ words (as of V3.1.1).
Please read the information above.