I have a file en.utf-8.add in the folder of a file being edited by Vim. I issue :mkspell! en.utf-8.add to create a new en.utf-8.add.spl. In the edited document, the word int is not flagged as a spelling error. I also have a ~/.vim/spell/en.utf-8.add and a corresponding en.utf-8.add.spl with the same date/time, but the en.utf-8.add also does not contain the word int.

Why is int considered correct? What else can I examine to track down the reason?

I have fileencoding=utf-8 and spellfile=en.utf-8.add. I confirmed that the latter takes effect by removing some words and seeing them flagged after the mkspell! en.utf-8.add command. Of course, I add the words back.

Results of :version command:

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According to a few dictionaries I checked, int is an abbreviation for numerous words such as international and internal. vim considers it "local" or "regional."

For me, int is in the main vim listed by :spellinfo;

file: `/usr/share/vim/vim82/spell/en.utf-8.spl`

You can see this using :spelldump which says int/13, meaning it is considered valid in the US and Canada.

If you want it to mark this as a wrong word, just use zw on top of the word.

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    Egad. Those two commands are so useful. :spelldump shows int/13. The help for spell-wordlist-format provides the example that blah/12 is for regions us and ca, but it isn't clear where the enumerations are defined. Ah well, I'm miles ahead of where I was. Thanks!
    – user36800
    Commented Nov 27, 2020 at 1:51
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    The regions mapping is listed at the top of spelldump; /regions=usaucagbnz (every 2 letters map to numbers 1-5) which means this word is considered good for us and ca. If you were to set your region otherwise, via e.g., set spelllang=en_nz then this word would be highlighted for being "local."
    – Mass
    Commented Nov 27, 2020 at 2:03
  • Thanks again, Mass. This has been a good reminder that there is a lot of sophistication behind the scenes to make Vim so useful. There's no free lunch, but in this case, it's worth the price.
    – user36800
    Commented Nov 27, 2020 at 3:56

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