[EXT] Upon installing babel-english, produce a warning if hyphen-english is missing

Philip Taylor (RHBNC) P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Sat Mar 30 10:07:58 CET 2024

Al Ma wrote:
Philip, thank you for double-checking this. Which years have your two books been published?

The Oxford Minidictionary — 1986, re-printed 1993.
New Oxford — 2005.

The Oxford Minidictionary was typeset from the same source material as was used by Dominik Wujastyk to originally ascertain the British English hyphenation patterns.

(The hyphenation of some words changes in the course of the time.)

Agreed, but as TeX is intended to always produce the same results from the same input, TeX’s hyphenation patterns should not change over the course of time.  Individual documents (or sets of documents) may reference alternative patterns, but by default hyphenation should never change.

What should the hyphenation of the plural “theorems” in British English be?

Neither the Minidictionary nor the New Oxford have an entry for the plural form, from which I would infer that it is regular and therefore "the-orems".  Only polysyllabic words commencing "theorem" have more break points, of which "the-or-em-at[-]ic" is an example — the square brackets indicate where the New Oxford differs from the Minidictionary.
Philip Taylor

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