Bug ID: 131557
           Summary: Erroneous word count (for French at least)
           Product: LibreOffice
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: medium
         Component: Writer

Word count is wrong for French language (at least), it counts many more words
than there are. I gather that Writer counts words by counting runs of
whitespace separating them.
French typographic rules (and, hence, normal use) call for certain  common
punctuation (most notably quote marks, semicolon, colon, interrogation and
exclamation marks, dashes) to be separated from words by white space. This
wrongly inflates the word count. 

Such punctuation should not be counted as words.

So, for French language at least, a count of punctuation marks surrounded by
white space should be substracted from the actual word count. (Adding theses
punctuation marks as white space to the counting regex (I guess?) would also
mess word count with gender neutral writing, with words such as
"développeur·se", "développeur(se)", "développeur/se" or ""développeu-se".)

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