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Somehow, the word procede has made its way into my OS X system as a correctly spelled word. If I type it in Text Edit, BBEdit, or Mail, the spell checker will not mark it with red underlines.

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How can I fix this? That is, how can I have my system correctly flag this word as incorrect spelled? The word does not appear in my


file. My system has no files in


I've stared at the spelling and grammar options in multiple applications and don't see any obvious ways to tell the system to remove a word from the dictionary.

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Whilst many words are in ~/Library/Spelling/LocalDictionary, there's also words contained in the localisation that you are currently in, such as en or en_GB.

Try looking in such files for the word. You can find which file it's in using the following Terminal command:

grep -lr "procede" ~/Library/Spelling/
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+1 for good information, but it doesn't solve my specific problem. Also — it seems like there should be a UI for this. – Alan Storm Dec 18 '13 at 21:20

I'm still not sure what the ultimate reason for this is, but I was able to fix this problem by going to

Edit -> Spelling -> Show Spelling Panel

and changing the selected dictionary from Automatic By Language to U.S. English.

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