Sometimes one stumbles across a command that they probably should have known about for a while. Today, for me, that command is
namei ‘follow a pathname until a terminal point is found’. As it says, one of the really nice things it can do is resolve chains of symlinks showing each link in the chain.
$ namei /usr/share/dict/words f: /usr/share/dict/words d / d usr d share d dict l words -> /etc/dictionaries-common/words d / d etc d dictionaries-common l words -> /usr/share/dict/american-english d / d usr d share d dict - american-english
Incidentally, setting the dictionary to British (presuming only one dictionary that matches the regex
^british is installed) can be done like this: