I was testing some code that I wrote to solve the New York Times' "Letter Boxed" game. The other day, it was giving results that included compound words containing "box" (e.g., "icebox"), but not the word "box" itself.
At first, I thought there was a bug in my code. However, I checked
/usr/share/dict/words and -- lo and behold -- "box" isn't in there. According to the
README file alongside the word list, this is from FreeBSD, circa 1993.
Is this intentional, or just an honest omission? What other common words are missing from this file? Has FreeBSD conceded to the existence of boxes in the last ~30 years, even if Apple hasn't?