Re: git: 71f0bf9790 - main - .vale/styles: Merge spelling-exceptions

From: Pau Amma <>
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2023 19:55:49 UTC
On 2023-12-23 18:51, Ceri Davies wrote:
>> On 23 Dec 2023, at 18:43, Moin Rahman <> wrote:
>>>> On Dec 23, 2023, at 7:23 PM, Ceri Davies <> wrote:
>>>>> On 23 Dec 2023, at 11:33, Moin Rahman <> wrote:
>>>>>> On Dec 23, 2023, at 12:07 PM, Ceri Davies <> 
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>> On 22 Dec 2023, at 14:59, Muhammad Moinur Rahman 
>>>>>>> <> wrote:
>>>>>> +descendents
>>>>> Although I have not checked for the context in which it is used, 
>>>>> this word is almost certainly misspelled as “descendent” is an 
>>>>> adjective. The noun “descendants” is most likely the intended use.
>>>> No it's not. The actual word is descendant which can be used as both 
>>>> Noun and Adjective and descendents is the plural of that.
>>> That is not correct.  Pluralising a noun by adding an “s” does not 
>>> frequently - or ever, as far as I can think - change the spelling of 
>>> the rest of a word.
>>> “Descendent”, as I said, is an adjective and the plural of 
>>> “descendant” is “descendants”.
>> At the moment I am not in the state to fight over a word. If you think 
>> the word is wrong please find the origin in the doc tree and submit a 
>> review or commit it.
> It’s definitely wrong.  I will change it at some point, but we need to
> be extra careful with words we are adding to the linter.

If I may:

MW online ( has 
"descendant" both as an adjective and a noun, and says "or less commonly 
descendent" in both.

AHD online ( 
has it as a noun, and as an adjective says "Variant of descendent". Its 
"descendent" entry 
( has it only 
as an adjective, and says "de·scen·dent also de·scen·dant"; both AHD 
entries together imply but do not say outright "descendent" is more 

I couldn't, unfortunately, check the ODAE as it seems to have no free 
online edition. Still, as the above shows, there's room for disagreement 
and which of you is right depends on which dictionary you prefer. So the 
question becomes: which dictionary does (or should) the FreeBSD 
Documentation Project prefer when they disagree?

#BlackLivesMatter #TransWomenAreWomen #AccessibilityMatters 
English: he/him/his (singular they/them/their/theirs OK)
French: il/le/lui (iel/iel and ielle/ielle OK)
Tagalog: siya/niya/kaniya (please avoid sila/nila/kanila)