Background: I am using OCR to get text for a project. Frequently encountered in the originals is the word born which the OCR software reads a bom. (

Ispell does not flag this as a misspelling. I was hoping to be able to edit ~/.ispell_english in some way to add this to a list of words that should be flagged. Is there a way to do this? The same strategy could be used to flag inappropriate or offensive words, though they might, technically, be correctly spelled.

Using Aquamacs 3.6-beta GNU Emacs (x86_64-apple-darwin20.4.0, NS appkit-2022.44 Version 11.3.1 (Build 20E241)) on Mac OS Big Sur 11.5.2.

  • Several years ago, I tracked down all the code that Aquamacs used at that time to enable native spellchecking on OSX -- NSSpellChecker: stackoverflow.com/questions/16265742/… I assume, but do not know for sure, that Aquamacs still uses native spellchecking on MacOS. To the extent this is still the case, then it may behoove you to research whether it is possible to define a word as misspelled within native MacOS spellchecking, and once you set that up, I would imagine that will then carryover to Aquamacs when you use it.
    – lawlist
    Aug 25 at 0:53

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