2220 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 2, 2010 11:29 AM by billearl
If Antonio's suggestion does not work, try installing the OED dictionary from this site and then make sure your dictionary is set to that -- it may be called English (Library) in the menu.
(You put the .dic and .aff files in Home/Library/Spelling)
I don't really want to install a 3rd party dictionary as a 'work around' and don't really see why I should.
What I don't understand is that the chap at support said that they were having the same problem on other machines built around a similar time as mine and he suspected a 'bad batch'? What does this mean? A bad batch of software??
If they walk me through a re-installation from the same installation disk, surely I'm going to end up with the same problem, which would be a total waste of time!
I know it hardy seems worth worrying about, but when you use your Mac for large amounts of text input, having the correct dictionary makes quite a difference.
I know it hardy seems worth worrying about
On the contrary, I think it is extremely important. On the other hand, being unwilling to possibly solve the problem by spending a few seconds downloading and installing another dictionary doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
Here is the end of another recent thread on this:
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I really can't face a doing a re-install.
You can easily re-install just OSX -- in fact, the old +Erase and Install+ option doesn't even exist in Snow Leopard. There's just Install. It loads a fresh version of OSX and deletes the old one, period. Your 3rd-party apps, users, data, settings, etc., are not touched (although it's strongly recommended to have good backups, just in case, but then you should always have good backups.)
Then you'd need to download and install the 10.6.4 "combo" update. That's the cleverly-named combination of all the updates to Snow Leopard since it was first released, so installing it should fix anything that's gone wrong since then, such as with one of the normal "point" updates. Info and download available at: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1048 Be sure to do a +Repair Permissions+ via Disk Utility (in your Applications/Utilities folder) afterwards.
I had the same problem, but with 'Canadian English'. It was annoying having "colour" flagged as incorrect.
In my case, the root of the problem was in using Monolingual to strip out languages other than 'English', specifically in the file /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service. I used the Mac OS X 10.6.4 Combo Updater to restore the unaltered AppleSpell.service file, whereupon the System Preferences>Language&Text>Text>Spelling setting actually worked properly.
Setting Monolingual to exclude the /System/Library/Services/ folder prevents this problem from reoccurring.