Clearing Accidentally “Learned” Words from macOS Dictionary

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Does this little moment strike fear into your heart?

Argahghg! Fat fingers! I meant to FIX the spelling, not learn this misspelled word!

Now forevermore, the spell checker won’t catch that misspelled word. Fear not, you can fix it.

When this happened to me recently, fortunately, Dave Bolger told me how to fix it.

I just popped open that file from the command line quick with:

$ sublime ~/Library/Spelling/LocalDictionary

This is what I found at the time:

Another great one!

If it’s not obvious, delete the words from that file you don’t want the spell checker to think are spelled correctly anymore, save the file, and you’ll be all set.

If you do it, did you find any weird ones in yours?